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7. Anonymous Poems, Lilja, 91 [Vol. 7, 665-6]

[6] klökk ‘tender’: Cf. klökkum hug ‘pliable spirit’ 2/3, hold er klökt ‘flesh is weak’ 54/6, and klökkur, hræddr ‘contrite, afraid’ 79/7. The adj. can be construed either with Máría or with tárin. Finnur Jónsson’s translation in Skj B reflects the former possibility, LP the latter. Paasche’s translation construes with Máría (1915, 91), while Páll Hallsson (Holm papp 23 folˣ, 13r), Finnur Jónsson (1772-8, II, 443), Eiríkur Magnússon (1870, 93), and Meissner (1922, 33) all construe klökk with tárin. Kock (NN §3316) argues that this is the only possibility, as it would be unthinkable for the triumphant queen of heaven to look upon the sinner’s tears with dejection. JH, who tends to prefer Finnur Jónsson’s translation, comments that klökk has nothing to do with dejection and that Kock has misconstrued the image.


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