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Anon Líkn 47VII/2 — þíns ‘of your’

Réðum krapt í kvæði
kross þíns fyr þjóð inna,
árs, þó at, eflir, værak
allítt til þess fallinn.
Sízt em ek samr of baztan
sýnt — öngrumz því löngum —
fyr lundfasta löstu,
líknfæðir, þik ræða.

Eflir árs, réðum inna fyr þjóð krapt kross þíns í kvæði, þó at værak allítt fallinn til þess. Sýnt em ek sízt samr, líknfæðir, ræða of þik baztan fyr lundfasta löstu; því öngrumz löngum.

Strengthener of year’s abundance [= God (= Christ)], we [I] undertook to relate to the people the power of your Cross in a poem, even though I was poorly equipped to do so. Clearly I am least suited, begetter [= God (= Christ)] of grace, to speak of you, the best, on account of mind-fixed sins; for that reason we are [I am] continuously troubled.

notes

[2] þíns: inna: The long/short rhyme í : i also occurs at 11/6 (minn : þína) and 52/2 (minn : skína).

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