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Anon Lil 95VII/3 — mætti ‘could manage’

Máría, vertu mier í hjarta,
mildin sjálf, því að gjarna vilda,
blessuð, þier, ef mætti eg meira,
margfaldaðan lofsaung gjalda.
Líflig orð í ljóðagjörðum
listuligrar móður Kristi
eingum tjóar að auka leingra;
einn er drottinn Máríu hreinni.

Máría, mildin sjálf, vertu í hjarta mier, því að vilda gjarna gjalda þier, blessuð, ef eg mætti meira, margfaldaðan lofsaung. Eingum tjóar að auka leingra líflig orð í ljóðagjörðum listuligrar móður Kristi; drottinn einn er hreinni Máríu.

Mary, goodness itself, be in my heart, because I would willingly offer to you, blessed one, if I could manage more, a manifold song of praise. It is to no avail for anyone to continue to add [lit. to augment further] lively words in girdles of songs of the magnificent mother of Christ [= Mary]; the Lord alone is purer than Mary.

readings

[3] mætti eg: eg mætta 99a, 622, 713, 705ˣ, 4892, eg mætti Vb, 41 8°ˣ(135), 41 8°ˣ(421)

grammar

Verbs: Preterite-present verbs

The present tense of these verbs is like the past tense of strong verbs, and their past tense is weak.

eigamegakunnaskulumunumuna
indic.
pres.
sing.


pl.
1st
2nd
3rd
1st
2nd
3rd
á
átt
á
eigum
eiguð
eigu

mátt

megum
meguð
megu
kann
kannt
kann
kunnum
kunnuð
kunnu
skal
skalt
skal
skulum
skuluð
skulu
mun
munt
mun
munum
munuð
munu
man
mant
man
munum
munið
muna
indic. past stem
subj. pres. stem
subj. past stem
átt-
eig-
ætt-
mátt-
meg-
mætt-
kunn-
kunn-
kynn-
skyld-
skyl-
skyld-
mund-
myn-
mynd-
mund-
mun-
mynd-
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