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Anon Mey 6VII/2 — hið ‘thing’

Sjá er elskulig Máría meyja
móðir Krists, er alt hið góða
veitir, þiggur, giefr og gætir,
gæskulífið allra vífa.
Sínar flytr hún sætar bænir
syndug þjóð að hljóti yndi;
henni mega því allir unna;
ann hun hverjum kristnum manni.

Elskulig meyja Máría, er veitir, þiggur, giefr og gætir alt hið góða, gæskulífið allra vífa, sjá er móðir Krists. Hún flytr sínar sætar bænir, að syndug þjóð hljóti yndi; því mega allir unna henni; hun ann hverjum kristnum manni.

The beloved maiden Mary, who offers, receives, gives and protects everything good, the gracious life of all women, she is the mother of Christ. She delivers her sweet prayers so that sinful people get happiness; therefore all people can love her; she loves every Christian person.

grammar

Pronouns and determiners: Definite article

The definite article is normally suffixed to nouns, except in some cases where it is used with an adjective. If the noun form ends in a vowel, the 'i' in the article is dropped. If the noun form ends in 'um', the 'm' and 'i' are both dropped. E.g. hesta (acc. pl.) > hestana (acc. pl. definite); hestum (dat. pl.) > hestunum (dat. pl. definite)

masc.fem.neut.
sing. N
A
G
D
inn
inn
ins
inum
in
ina
innar
inni
it
it
ins
inu
pl. N
A
G
D
inir
ina
inna
inum
inar
inar
inna
inum
in
in
inna
inum
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