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Anon Mv III 9VII/4 — tvenn ‘a double’

Tíða sinna tregbjóðr
trúar hafði ei gáð nú;
heyriliga hann hefr þær;
henni boðaz dýrð tvenn.
Lítið fekk hann lesið út;
líðr svá að honum stríð;
‘Áve Máría,’ hann upp hóf
óttafullr og dó skjótt.

Nú hafði tregbjóðr trúar ei gáð tíða sinna; hann hefr þær heyriliga; tvenn dýrð boðaz henni. Lítið fekk hann lesið út; stríð líðr svá að honum; ‘Áve Máría,’ hóf hann upp, óttafullr, og dó skjótt.

Now the slow-preacher of faith [NEGLIGENT PRIEST] had not observed his hours; he begins them audibly; a double glory is proclaimed to her. Little was he able to read out; the toil afflicts him so; ‘Hail Mary,’ he began, fearful, and died at once.


[4] tvenn dýrð ‘a double glory’: According to Mar (1871, 605), the cleric recited some verses of Venite (Ps. XCV) and ‘Hail Mary’.



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