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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 30VII/4 — stærir ‘increaser’

Útan bækr hefir ítra
öll ritninga vitni;
kann því mætr í máta
megnstærir fólk læra.
Breyzku holdi og hetskum
heims stríðandi fjanda
mettaz saðning sætri,
sanndyggr, heilags anda.

Hefir útan bækr öll vitni ítra ritninga; því kann mætr megnstærir læra fólk í máta. Sanndyggr stríðandi breyzku holdi og hetskum fjanda heims mettaz sætri saðning heilags anda.

He knows by heart [lit. without books] all the testimonies of glorious scriptures; therefore the excellent increaser of strength [APOSTLE] can instruct people properly. The truly worthy fighter against the frail flesh and the malignant enemy of the world [= Devil] is sated with the sweet feast of the Holy Spirit.


[4] megnstærir: megnstórir 621


[4] megnstærir ‘increaser of strength’: Emended from ms. ‘megnstorir’ to provide aðalhending with læra. Cf. LP: þrekstœrir ‘increaser of might, performer of great feats’.



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