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Anon Pét 5VII/1 — af ‘on account’

Nú bið eg dapr af dauða
dáligum mier sálar
miskunnar og mönnum
milding himins gildan.
Guði næst trúast treystir
tárfeld þjóð hans móðir;
hjálp er og heimsins stólpi
hlíf styrk konungr vífa.

Nú, dapr af dauða, bið eg gildan milding himins sálar miskunnar dáligum mier og mönnum. Næst guði treystir tárfeld þjóð trúast hans móðir; konungr vífa er hjálp, styrk hlíf og stólpi heimsins.

Now, downcast on account of death, I ask the excellent king of heaven [= God] for soul’s mercy for wretched me and for men. Next after God the tearful race trusts most faithfully in his mother; the king of women is the help, strong defence and pillar of the world.

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