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Anon Hsv 137VII/3 — yxn ‘oxen’

Hjarðir sæfa        þarf eigi til hylli guðs;
        beit þú yxn fyrir arðr;
reykelsis ilm,        þann er kemr af réttum siðum,
        vill hann fyrir tafn taka.

Þarf eigi sæfa hjarðir til hylli guðs; beit þú yxn fyrir arðr; hann vill taka fyrir tafn reykelsis ilm, þann er kemr af réttum siðum.

It is not necessary to kill herds for the honour of God; harness oxen to a plough; He will accept in place of sacrifice the fragrance of incense which comes from correct religious observances.



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