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Anon Heil 6VII/7 — heimi ‘the world’

Mörg ár þoldi miklar sorgir
meinað líf í slíkum greinum;
hárklæði frá eg huldur væri
holdi næst, en brek eru goldin.
Pelli nam hann og prúðu gulli
að prýða sig fyr augum lýða;
heimi liet á hverjum tíma
hafnað alls í drottins nafni.

Mörg ár þoldi meinað líf miklar sorgir í slíkum greinum; eg frá huldur væri hárklæði næst holdi; en brek eru goldin. Fyr augum lýða nam hann að prýða sig pelli og prúðu gulli; á hverjum tíma liet alls hafnað heimi í nafni drottins.

For many years his [self]-tormented life endured great afflictions in such ways; I heard [that] he wore [lit. he was covered with] a hair-shirt closest to his body; but transgressions are paid for. Before the eyes of the people he adorned himself with velvet and beautiful gold; every time he completely rejected the world in the name of the Lord.

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