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Anon Mdr 21VII/5 — Lofar ‘praises’

Heitur glyggranns gætir
góðr vegligri móður
sinni sier að unna;
satt mál er það sálum.
Lofar þá er öllum er efri
ein riett í veg hreinum,
— Kristr skipar hjá sier hæsta
heims drottning — lið* beima.

Góðr gætir glyggranns heitur vegligri móður sinni að unna sier; það er satt mál sálum. Lið* beima lofar, þá er ein er riett efri öllum í hreinum veg; Kristr skipar hæsta drottning heims hjá sier.

The good guardian of the storm-house [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)] promises his glorious mother to love her; that is a true agreement for souls. 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.

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

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