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Anon Pét 47VII/1 — styrkir ‘encourages’

Þurkar þegn og styrkir
þeingill skýja leingi,
kveðr og kyssir síðan
kátr elsku munn vátan:
‘Feingin er líkn fyr laungu;
lát af, sonr, að gráta!
Enn skalt fótspor finna
flest mín alt í pínu.’

Þeingill skýja þurkar þegn og styrkir leingi; kátr elsku kveðr og kyssir síðan munn vátan: ‘Líkn er fyr laungu feingin; lát af að gráta, sonr! Skalt enn finna flest fótspor mín alt í pínu.’

The king of the clouds [= God (= Christ)] dries [the eyes of] his follower and encourages him for a long time; joyful with love he greets him and then kisses the mouth wet [with tears]: ‘Mercy has long since been obtained; cease from weeping, my son! You shall yet follow in most of my footsteps all the way to martyrdom.’

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