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Anon Mdr 24VII/1 — Hás ‘of the high’

Hás, kant hjörtu að lýsa,
hreggranns konungr, seggja;
drottning dáðum
dagstalls veröld alla.
Blíð og blessuð móðir
blóm heilagra dóma
— dugir himna guð gumnum —
gjörvallra má kallaz.

Konungr hás hreggranns, kant að lýsa hjörtu seggja; drottning dagstalls … alla veröld dáðum. Blíð og blessuð móðir má kallaz blóm gjörvallra heilagra dóma; guð himna dugir gumnum.

King of the high storm-house [SKY/HEAVEN > = God], you know how to illuminate men’s hearts; the queen of the day-support [SKY/HEAVEN > = Mary] … the whole world with virtues. The gentle and blessed mother may be called the flower of all holy judgements; the God of the heavens helps men.


[1-2] konungr hás hreggranns ‘king of the high stormhouse [SKY/HEAVEN > = God]’: On similar God-kennings see Notes to Has 1/1-2 and Leið 2/1-3, 17/1-2 and 25/5-6.




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