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Anon Mey 28VII/4 — víf ‘woman’

Bál var kynt um brúði sæla;
börðu þeir með grjóti hörðu
lýðir jarls í logandi glóðum
listugt víf, er játti Kristi.
Sæt Ágáða sárar þrautir
sigrað fekk, er hræddiz ekki;
henni skal með helgum mönnum
haldaz vegr, en minkaz aldri.

Bál var kynt um sæla brúði; þeir, jarls lýðir, börðu listugt víf, er játti Kristi, með hörðu grjóti í logandi glóðum. Sæt Ágáða, er hræddiz ekki, fekk sigrað sárar þrautir; með helgum mönnum skal henni vegr haldaz, en minkaz aldri.

A fire was kindled around the blessed bride; they, the earl’s men, pelted the wonderful woman, who professed Christ, with hard stones [as she stood] in the blazing flames. Sweet Agatha, who was not afraid, won victory over the painful tortures; among the saints [lit. holy people] her honour will remain, and never decrease.

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