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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Sól 69VII/2 — margt ‘much’

Menn sá ek þá,        er margt höfðu
        gefit at guðs lögum;
hreinir kyndlar        váru yfir höfði þeim
        brendir bjartliga.

Ek sá menn þá, er margt höfðu gefit at guðs lögum; hreinir kyndlar váru brendir bjartliga yfir höfði þeim.

I saw men then who had given much according to God’s laws; pure candles were being burned brightly over their heads.


[2] margt: mark 167b 6ˣ, 214ˣ


[2] margt ‘much’: The virtue of charity is rewarded, but if mark ‘heed’ is adopted from 167b 6ˣ and 214ˣ in place of margt, as Fidjestøl (1979, 55-6) advocates, it becomes a more generalised sentiment about paying heed to God’s laws.



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