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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Lilja, 3 [Vol. 7, 565-6]

[5-7]: The syntax is awkward. Guðbrandur Jónsson (1951, 156) reads orðin af vörrum vorum, vorðin svo skýr og sæt, að (þau) öll mætti laugaz í glóanda gulli ‘words from our lips, made so clear and sweet that (they) all might be washed in gleaming gold’. He suggests that laugaz í glóanda gulli refers to the words being written with illuminated letters. Kock (NN §1515) argues that the conjunction svá að joins the first helmingr with the second, and reads svá at orðin af vǫrrum várum, vorðin skýr ok sæt, mætti laugaz... ‘so that the words from our lips, made clear and sweet, might be washed ...’.


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