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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 53VII/7 — mætti ‘could’

Hrækjandi mjög höfuðin skóku
heiðingjar sem Júðar leiðir;
flestir allir flýðu Kristi
fylgdarmenn við storminn þenna.
Minnaz verð eg — má eg ei annað —
móður guðs, er í tárum flóði;
mætti verða, að minna sótta
minnaz vildi hun eitthvert sinni.

Hrækjandi mjög skóku höfuðin, heiðingjar sem leiðir Júðar; flestir allir fylgdarmenn Kristi flýðu við þenna storminn. Eg verð minnaz — má eg ei annað — móður guðs, er flóði í tárum; mætti verða, að hun vildi eitthvert sinni minnaz sótta minna.

Spitting much, they shook their heads, heathens as well as loathsome Jews; nearly all the followers of Christ fled in the face of that storm. I must remember — I cannot do otherwise — the mother of God [= Mary] who was flooded with tears; it could come about that she would at some time want to be mindful of my sorrows.

readings

[7] mætti verða minna sótta: heilagrar því fljóða frægust Vb, það heilagrar því fljóða frægust 41 8°ˣ

grammar

Verbs: Preterite-present verbs

The present tense of these verbs is like the past tense of strong verbs, and their past tense is weak.

eigamegakunnaskulumunumuna
indic.
pres.
sing.


pl.
1st
2nd
3rd
1st
2nd
3rd
á
átt
á
eigum
eiguð
eigu

mátt

megum
meguð
megu
kann
kannt
kann
kunnum
kunnuð
kunnu
skal
skalt
skal
skulum
skuluð
skulu
mun
munt
mun
munum
munuð
munu
man
mant
man
munum
munið
muna
indic. past stem
subj. pres. stem
subj. past stem
átt-
eig-
ætt-
mátt-
meg-
mætt-
kunn-
kunn-
kynn-
skyld-
skyl-
skyld-
mund-
myn-
mynd-
mund-
mun-
mynd-
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