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Anon Mdr 12VII/8 — heims ‘of the world’

Hlaut Máría mætan
minn græðara að fæða;
hátt ferr dýrð, sú er dróttinn
dáðnenninn giefr henni.
Lofar, þá er öllum er efri
ein riett í veg hreinum,
— Kristr skipar hjá sier hæsta
heims drottning — lið* beima.

Máría hlaut að fæða mætan græðara minn; hátt ferr dýrð, sú er dáðnenninn dróttinn giefr henni. Lið* beima lofar, þá er ein er riett efri öllum í hreinum veg; Kristr skipar hæsta drottning heims hjá sier.

Mary was chosen to give birth to my worthy Saviour; exalted is the glory which the deed-powerful Lord gives her. The company of men praises the one who alone, rightly, is higher than all in pure honour. Christ establishes the highest queen of the world [= Mary] beside himself.


[5-8] abbrev. as ‘Lofar þa er o᷎llum er efri.’ B




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