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Anon Mey 48VII/7 — milda ‘gracious’

Kristína fekk kunn að ástum
kaldar þrautir barn að aldri;
faðir hennar liet blindr af bræði
beygja járn að hálsi meyjar.
Harm aukandi hvössum krókum
hvítan bauð hann líkam slíta;
veldu síðan vífið milda
virðar þeir í glóanda eiri.

Kristína, kunn að ástum, fekk kaldar þrautir barn að aldri; blindr af bræði liet hennar faðir beygja járn að hálsi meyjar. Aukandi harm bauð hann hvítan líkam slíta hvössum krókum; síðan veldu þeir virðar vífið milda í glóanda eiri.

Christina, known for her charity, received cruel tortures as a child [lit. a child in age]; blind with rage her father had iron twisted around the neck of the maiden. Increasing the pain he ordered [that] her white body be torn with sharp hooks; later those men boiled the gracious woman in red-hot copper.

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