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Anon Mv II 9VII/7 — mild ‘gentle’

‘Báði fyrir barnfæð
bíða urðu mikið stríð
faðir þinn og fögr mæðr,
frúin, áðr en vartú.
Brixli og búin hneyxl
beraz mun á hönd mier,
ef eg aldri jóð mild
ala mínum ver skal.’

‘Báði faðir þinn og fögr mæðr urðu bíða mikið stríð fyrir barnfæð, frúin, áðr en vartú. Brixli og búin hneyxl mun beraz á hönd mier, ef eg aldri skal ala ver mínum mild jóð.’

‘Both your father and fair mother had to endure great worry because of childlessness, lady, before you came to be. Blame and ready disgrace will be brought against me if I shall never bear my husband gentle children.’



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