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Anon Mdr 30VII/2 —  ‘…’

Heil, guðs háleit móðir,
sjóvar stjarna,
mær, er mildi stýrir,
merkt jafnan því nafni.
Hlið kallaz, og hylli,
himinríkis, þier líkar
— sæl ertu slíkra mála —
sannleikr og dygð manna.

Heil stjarna sjóvar, háleit móðir guðs, mær, er stýrir mildi, merkt jafnan því nafni. Kallaz hlið himinríkis og þier líkar hylli, sannleikr og dygð manna; ertu sæl slíkra mála.

Hail star of the sea, glorious mother of God [= Mary], maiden, who governs mercy, always designated by that name. You are called the gate of the kingdom of heaven and you are pleased by the favour, truth and virtuous deeds of men; you are blessed with such references.

readings

[2] …: ‘[...]’ B

notes

[2] : A space some 2.5 cm wide has been left in the ms., presumably since this word could be supplied from a different exemplar, as appears to have happened with st. 13/8 at 13v/44. The missing word has not been supplied here, however. The alliteration requires initial <h>. Kock (NN §1655) suggests reconstruction to hvarnýt (adj.) ‘ever-new’ or more likely ‘ever-gracious’, construing Heil, guðs háleit móðir, hvarnýt stjarna sjóvar ‘Hail, God’s glorious mother, ever-gracious star of the sea’. The Lat. requires a straightforward stjarna sjóvar here, so any addition is an expansion of the original. Rydberg reconstructs to hjartna gen. pl. ‘of hearts’, construing hjartna mildi stýrir er merkt jafnan því nafni ‘the merciful regulator of hearts is always designated by that name’.

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