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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 40VII/8 — bragna* ‘of men’

Prúðlig verk fyrir píslar marki
pátris déí formið gráti;
sonar guðs oft í saung og bænum
sára minniz þjóð með tárum.
Hneigið yðr fyrir lærðum lýðum
langa stund með skriftagangi;
bekkr iðranar ór brjósti klökku
bragna* laugi kinnr og augu.

Formið prúðlig verk gráti fyrir marki píslar pátris déí; þjóð minniz oft sára sonar guðs með tárum í saung og bænum. Hneigið yðr langa stund fyrir lærðum lýðum með skriftagangi; bekkr iðranar ór klökku brjósti laugi kinnr og augu bragna*.

Perform glorious deeds with weeping before the sign of the Passion of God the father [CROSS]; may people often recall the wounds of the son of God [= Christ] with tears in song and prayers. Prostrate yourselves for a long time before learned people in confession; may the brook of repentance [TEARS] from the agitated breast wash the cheeks and eyes of men.


[8] bragna*: bragnar 713



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