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Anon Mey 41VII/6 — af ‘of’

Blý og járn skal blessuð meyja
bera óverðug sier á herðum;
ýtar leiddu oft um stræti
unga frú með byrði þunga.
Utan borgar var ærlig sæta
yfirgræðara flett af klæðum;
drottni kært í djúpu vatni
drekkiz fljóð af heiðnum þjóðum.

Blessuð meyja skal óverðug bera á herðum sier blý og járn; ýtar leiddu oft unga frú um stræti með þunga byrði. Utan borgar var ærlig sæta yfirgræðara flett af klæðum; fljóð kært drottni drekkiz í djúpu vatni af heiðnum þjóðum.

The blessed maiden must undeserving carry on her shoulders lead and iron; men often led the young lady around the streets with the heavy burden. Outside the city the honourable woman of the supreme healer [HOLY WOMAN] was stripped of her clothes; the woman dear to the Lord is drowned in deep water by heathen people.

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