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Anon Líkn 20VII/8 — dreyri ‘blood’

Enn und hægri hendi
hyggjublíðr á síðu
hlaut af hvössu spjóti
höfugt sár konungr jöfra.
Árveitis rann ýta
eirsanns ór ben þeiri
— hugum skyldu þat höldar
heyra — vatn ok dreyri.

Enn á síðu und hægri hendi hlaut hyggjublíðr konungr jöfra höfugt sár af hvössu spjóti. Vatn ok dreyri rann ór þeiri ben eirsanns árveitis ýta; höldar skyldu heyra þat hugum.

Yet on his side under the right arm the thought-tender king of princes [RULER = Christ] received a heavy wound from a sharp spear. Water and blood flowed out of that wound of the mercy-true abundance-giver of men [= God (= Christ)]; men should hear that in their thoughts.

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