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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa, 52 [Vol. 7, 842-3]

[7] vertu ... hittir ‘be ... finder’: On the grounds that the l. lacks internal rhyme, Kock (NN §2885) proposes substituting sittu ‘sit’ for vertu. However, apart from the fact that that imp. would provide aðalhending rather than the expected skothending, the choice of verb is hardly felicitous in the context (cf. Acts III.6: surge et ambula ‘arise and walk’; Pétr 24/9: ris upp ok gack! ‘rise up, and walk!’). With skothending of vert- : hitt- cf. st. 12/1.


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