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Anon Pét 3VII/4 — fyrri ‘Formerly’

Hulin* mín hyggju báli
hrekkjóttu jörð slóttig
hefir mest hrunið í ástar
hyr með glæpum fyrri.
Fals, ágirni og fúlust
flærð mig þannveg lærði,
synd mier sæt að kendiz
seimvín líkt hjá eimi.

Fyrri hefir slóttig hyggju jörð mín, hulin* hrekkjóttu báli, mest hrunið í ástar hyr með glæpum. Fals, ágirni, og fúlust flærð lærði mig þannveg, að synd kendiz mier sæt, líkt seimvín hjá eimi.

Formerly my cunning land of thought [HEART], enveloped in treacherous flame, has plunged altogether into love’s fire through sins. Deceit, cupidity and foulest guile taught me in such a way that sin seemed sweet to me, like honeyed wine in comparison with smoke.

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