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Anon Heildr 4VII/7 — eðli ‘nature’

Aflnægir seðr öflgu
jóð — huggari þjóðar,
átt, þann er aldri fættisk,
auð — skilningar brauði,
því er oss með hug hvössum
hrein brjóst ok trú fóstrar;
glöð lætr guðdóms eðli
guma kyn föður skynja.

Aflnægir seðr jóð öflgu brauði skilningar — huggari þjóðar, átt auð, þann er aldri fættisk — því er fóstrar oss hrein brjóst með hvössum hug ok trú; lætr glöð kyn guma skynja guðdóms eðli föður.

The strength-granter satisfies his children with the powerful bread of understanding — you, comforter of people, have the wealth that never diminishes — which fosters in us pure hearts [lit. breasts] along with keen thought and faith; it allows the cheerful race of men [MANKIND] to comprehend the divine nature of the Father.

readings

[7] eðli: ‘e[...]’ B, BFJ, ‘(æ[...]læ)’(?) BRydberg

notes

[6] guðdóms eðli ‘the divine nature’: Lit. ‘nature of divinity’. This edn follows Finnur Jónsson and Rydberg in adopting Sveinbjörn Egilsson’s reconstruction of eðli, acc. sg. of n. eðli ‘nature, character’, here. Although Rydberg’s tentative reading ‘(æ…læ) (?)’ (i.e. e…le) cannot be taken on trust, since neither Skj A nor 399a-bˣ is able to make out more than the initial letter, ðl is required for skothending with glöð lætr ‘cheerful race’ (l. 7).

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