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Anon Leið 39VII/3 — kostum ‘we must try’

Vér skulum opt með tôrum
— verðr mein, ef því seinum —
kostum flærð at forðask —
friðar helgan goð biðja,
at, þás ǫflugr eflir
alls sóma lýkr dómi,
fara næðim vér fríða
fljótt í dýrð með dróttni.

Vér skulum opt biðja helgan goð friðar með tôrum — mein verðr, ef seinum því; kostum at forðask flærð —, at, þás ǫflugr eflir alls sóma lýkr dómi, næðim vér fara fljótt í fríða dýrð með dróttni.

We must often pray holy God for peace with tears — harm will result, if we delay that; we must try to shun deceit —, so that when the powerful strengthener of all honour [= God] finishes judgement, we may succeed in going swiftly into splendid glory with the Lord.

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