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Anon Sól 82VII/5 — gefi ‘give’

Hér vit skiljumz        ok hittaz munum
        á feginsdegi fira;
dróttinn minn        gefi þeim dauðum ró
        ok hinum líkn, er lifa.

Hér skiljumz vit ok munum hittaz á feginsdegi fira; dróttinn minn gefi þeim dauðum ró ok líkn hinum, er lifa.

Here we two part and we will meet on men’s day of joy; may my Lord give to the dead peace, and grace to those who live.


[5] gefi þeim dauðum ró ‘give the dead peace’: Paasche (1914a, 162) suggests this is a quotation from the Requiem Mass, requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine! ‘Lord, give them eternal rest!’. The Day of Judgement is evoked, and a final prayer pronounced for the living and the dead.



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