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Anon Líkn 49VII/1 — af ‘from’

Vilda ek af þér, aldar
angrstríðandi, síðarr
enn fyr óðgerð mína
eiga gjöld með leigum.
Áðr hefi ek önnur gæði,
eirsamr, hlotit meiri
þín, en ek þér fá launat
— þat óttumz ek — dróttinn.

Angrstríðandi aldar, ek vilda enn síðarr eiga gjöld með leigum af þér fyr óðgerð mína. Áðr hefi ek hlotit önnur meiri gæði þín, en ek þér fá launat, eirsamr dróttinn; þat óttumz ek.

Grief-fighter of mankind, I would like still later to gain recompense with interest from you for my poetry-making. Previously I have received other and greater blessings from you, than I can repay you, merciful Lord; that frightens me.

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