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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 30VII/8 — skrautlig ‘splendid’

Agnes var með elsku tígnuð
Jésú blóm í sjálfri Róma;
þrautir háði þrettán vetra
þessi mey við grimman hessi.
Níðingrinn bað nökta leiða
Nönnu gulls hjá heiðnum mönnum;
vildi hann, að skammaz skyldi
skrautlig mær, ef allsber væri.

Agnes, blóm Jésú, var tígnuð með elsku í sjálfri Róma; þessi mey, þrettán vetra, háði þrautir við grimman hessi. Níðingrinn bað Nönnu gulls leiða nökta hjá heiðnum mönnum; hann vildi, að skrautlig mær skyldi skammaz, ef allsber væri.

Agnes, the flower of Jesus, was honoured with love in Rome itself; this maiden, thirteen years old, was tortured by the wicked chieftain. The villain requested that the Nanna <goddess> of gold [WOMAN] be led naked past heathen men; he wanted the splendid maid to be ashamed, if she was completely nude.



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