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Anon Mey 24VII/1 — bana ‘death’

Burðugt víf fekk bana með sverði;
blæða tók þá mjólk úr æðum;
hennar luktu holdið sanna
hreinir englar marmarasteini.
Kátrínam fyr miskunn mæta
mætur leiddi í hæsta sæti
guðs unnasti himins og hennar;
hennar nafn er sælt meðal kvenna.

Burðugt víf fekk bana með sverði; mjólk tók þá blæða úr æðum; hreinir englar luktu hennar holdið sanna marmarasteini. Mætur unnasti guðs og hennar leiddi Kátrínam í hæsta sæti himins fyr mæta miskunn; hennar nafn er sælt meðal kvenna.

The high-born woman received death by the sword; milk then bled from [her] veins; pure angels covered her true body with a marble stone. The precious beloved of God and of her led Catherine to the highest seat of heaven on account of precious mercy; her name is blessed among women.

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