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Anon Mv III 7VII/8 — brýtr ‘breaks’

Enn fór hann eitt sinn
ofanvert nætrrof
heiman yfir stórstraum;
strangan efldi foss gang.
Farið gjörðiz fult nær,
flóðið þar er hann stóð;
leynir óttaz líftjón
lýta, ef skipið brýtr.

Enn fór hann eitt sinn ofanvert nætrrof heiman yfir stórstraum; foss efldi strangan gang. Farið gjörðiz nær fult, þar er flóðið stóð hann; leynir lýta óttaz líftjón, ef skipið brýtr.

Again he went one time at the end of the night’s retreat from home across the mighty stream; the torrent gathered a strong current. The vessel became almost full, because the flooding overtook him; the concealer of sins [NEGLIGENT PRIEST] fears life-loss if the ship breaks.

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