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Bkrepp Magndr 5II/3 — vas ‘were’

Lék of Ljóðhús fíkjum
limsorg náar himni;
vítt vas ferð á flótta
fús; gaus eldr ór húsum.

Limsorg lék fíkjum náar himni of Ljóðhús; vítt vas ferð fús á flótta; eldr gaus ór húsum.

The branch-sorrow [FIRE] played fiercely near the sky throughout Lewis; far and wide the crowds were eager for flight; fire gushed from houses.

readings

[3] vas (‘var’): varð 39, E, J2ˣ, 42ˣ, Hr

notes

[3] vas ferð ‘the crowds were’: Lit. ‘the crowd was’ (sg.).

grammar

Irregular verbs: vera (to be)

indic.subj.
pres.pastpres.past
sing.


pl.
1
2
3
1
2
3
em
ert
er
erum
eruð
eru
var
vart
var
várum
váruð
váru

sér

sém
séð
væra
værir
væri
værim
værið
væri
imperative
past part.
ver, verið
verit
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