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Kálf Kátr 8VII/5 — hygg ‘consider’

‘Undraz þarftu ei hofið með höndum’,
heilög mær talar slíkt við deili,
‘heldur líttu á himin og öldu’,
hrannar báls, ‘og sól, gjört manna.
Þjóðar, hygg þú að þessu smíði
þeingils, fylkir, helgra eingla;
mildingr skrýddi mána foldar
mannligu holdi guðdóm sannan.

Heilög mær talar slíkt við deili báls hrannar, ‘þarftu ei undraz hofið gjört með höndum manna; heldur líttu á himin og öldu og sól. Fylkir þjóðar, hygg þú að þessu smíði þeingils helgra eingla; mildingr foldar mána skrýddi sannan guðdóm mannligu holdi.

The holy maiden speaks thus to the distributor of the fire of the wave [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN], ‘You need not admire the temple made by the hands of men, rather look at the sky and wave and sun. King of people, consider this work of the king of holy angels [= God]; the prince of the land of the moon [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] adorned the true Godhead with human flesh.

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