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Anon Líkn 37VII/7 — lausn ‘liberation’

Sæfðu lamb guðs lofðar
ljóst (hafa þess í brjóstum)
ok ert enn í slíku
altári (lög sára),
því at lautviðir létu
lastbundnir helgasta
linns, þá er lausn gaf mönnum,
lífs fórn á þik borna.

Lofðar sæfðu ljóst lamb guðs — hafa þess lög sára í brjóstum — ok ert enn altári í slíku, því at lastbundnirlinns lautviðir létu helgasta fórn lífs, þá er gaf mönnum lausn, borna á þik.

Men slaughtered the radiant Lamb of God — they have its sea of wounds [BLOOD] in their breasts — and you are still an altar in such [offering], for sin-bound trees of the serpent’s dell [(lit. ‘dell-trees of the serpent’) GOLD > MEN] caused the holiest sacrifice of life, that which gave men liberation, to be placed upon you.

notes

[7] lausn ‘liberation, release’: Within the helmingr’s pattern of contrasts, the noun lausn (from leysa ‘to loosen, unbind’) plays against, and provides the solution for, lastbundnir ‘sin-bound’ (cf. lausnari ‘releaser, redeemer’).

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