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Anon Lil 12VII/8 — svá ‘which’

Svá er líðandi maðr af móður-
moldu — þó er með skæru holdi —
Ádám nefndur, er alls í heimi
átti ráð með frelsi og náðum.
Höfginn rann svá hægr á þenna
heims stýranda; fekk hann skýra
andagift, og síðan sýndi,
svá vorðinna spádómsorða.

Svá er maðr líðandi af móður-moldu, nefndur Ádám — þó er með skæru holdi —, er átti ráð alls í heimi með frelsi og náðum. Svá rann höfginn hægr á þenna stýranda heims; fekk hann skýra andagift, og sýndi síðan, spádómsorða svá vorðinna.

Thus a man proceeds from mother-earth, named Adam, though he is with unsullied flesh, who had power over everything in the world, with freedom and peace. Then a light slumber came upon that ruler of the world [= Adam]: he received a clear spiritual gift — and later demonstrated [it] — of prophetic words which came to fulfilment.


[8] svá: ‘a suo’ 720a VIII


[8] svá vorðinna ‘(prophetic words) which came to fulfilment’: JH comments that the expression svá vorðinn is well known from Norw. so-voren (Aasen 1873: so-voren) and Faroese sovorin in the sense ‘such’ (cf. Fritzner: vorðinn), but here the sense seems to be ‘such (prophetic words) as later came to fulfilment’ or ‘such (prophetic words) which came into being from Adam’s clear spiritual gift’.



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