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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Vitnisvísur af Máríu, 2 [Vol. 7, 741]

[2, 3] yfirskínandi ást (f. nom. sg.) ‘radiant [lit. over-shining] love’: This is a form of address to S. Andrew (so Sperber 1911, 56; NN §1674; Schottmann 1973, 68 n. 10; Wrightson). Skj B interprets the phrase as a dat. instr. (‘with radiant love’), which is awkward, because stýra ‘guide’ already has a dat. object (orðum mínum ‘my words’). See also Mv I 2/1: inn æsti ástvin guðs ‘noblest bosom friend of God’, i.e. ‘S. Andrew’. For the invocation to Andrew, see Introduction above.


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