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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Allra postula minnisvísur, 10 [Vol. 7, 866-7]

[1, 3] mildr ... Mathéas giefr öldum ... giftu með kröftum ‘gentle ... Matthew gives people ... good fortune with miracles’: Kock (NN §3376B) objects to the interpretation provided by Finnur Jónsson (Skj B), that Matthew ‘gives good fortune with strength to people’. He points out that með kröftum here is more likely to mean ‘with mighty works, miracles’, through which the saint affords the faithful ‘good fortune’, i.e. assistance or remedies for their ills. (Cf. Fritzner: kraptr 3; LP: kraptr and see Ant 76/24, where kraptr translates miraculum in a rendering of Matt. VII.22).


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