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Anon Mv II 18VII/4 — grát ‘weeping’

Manna hjálp og miskunn
mátti eigi hrings gátt
leingr fyrir lífsangr
láta bera sinn grát,
svá að í limu líkams
litr kom og fagrt vit;
sendiz aftr sæl önd;
sveini gaf það mey hrein.

Hjálp og miskunn manna mátti eigi leingr láta gátt hrings bera grát sinn fyrir lífsangr, svá að litr og fagrt vit kom í limu líkams; sæl önd sendiz aftr; hrein mey gaf sveini það.

The help and mercy of men [= Mary] could no longer let the door-frame of the ring [WOMAN] endure her weeping because of her life-woe, so that colour and sweet consciousness came into the limbs of the body; the blessed spirit was sent back; the pure Virgin gave that to the boy.

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