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Anon Sól 43VII/6 — sega ‘shreds’

Sól ek sá        á sjónum skjálfandi
        hræzlufullr ok hnipinn,
þvít hjarta mitt        var harðla mjök
        runnit sundr í sega.

Hræzlufullr ok hnipinn, sá ek sól, skjálfandi á sjónum, þvít hjarta mitt var harðla mjök runnit sundr í sega.

Terrified and cowed, I saw the sun, trembling in my eyes, for my heart had completely turned to shreds.


[6] sega: siga papp15ˣ, 1441ˣ, 10575ˣ, 2797ˣ, sefa 214ˣ


[6] runnit sundr í sega ‘completely turned to shreds’: Björn M. Ólsen (1915, 44) and Njörður Njarðvík (1991, 74-5) relate this to contritio cordis ‘contrition of the heart’ or sorrow for sin, the first stage of the sacrament of penance, cf. Psalm L.19, discussed in HómÍsl 1872, 168.



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