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Anon Líkn 39VII/6 — lausn ‘liberation’

Crúx, lemið angr en æxlið
alt gótt liði dróttins;
sýndr ert seggja kindum,
sigrtrúr í gný vigra.
Opt ert éls í höptum
ítr lausn viðum rítar;
guma forðar þú gerla
grandi holds ok andar.

Crúx, lemið angr en æxlið alt gótt dróttins liði; ert sýndr seggja kindum, sigrtrúr í gný vigra. Opt ert ítr lausn viðum rítar éls í höptum; þú forðar gerla guma grandi holds ok andar.

Cross, you cripple grief but cause all good things to increase for the Lord’s retinue; you are visible to men’s offspring, victory-faithful in the din of spears [BATTLE]. Often you are a glorious liberation to trees of the shield’s storm [BATTLE > WARRIORS] in fetters; you rescue men completely from injury of flesh and spirit.

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[5-6] ítr lausn ... í höptum ‘a glorious liberation ... [to men] in fetters’: In the homily (above) the Cross is described as laúsn i hoftom ‘liberation in [from] bonds’ and láusnarmarc maɴa ‘sign of men’s liberation’.

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