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Anon Pl 18VII/3 — hæst ‘the highest’

Dýrðhittir bað dróttin
dagbœjar sér tœja;
hæst gat hrjóðr við freistni
hugborð móins storðar.
Hlaut, sás œztr es ýta,
íðn Plácitus fríða;
Evstákíus ævi
albazta sér valði.

Dýrðhittir bað dróttin dagbœjar tœja sér; hrjóðr storðar móins gat hæst hugborð við freistni. Plácitus, sás œztr es ýta, hlaut fríða íðn; Evstákíus valði sér albazta ævi.

The acquirer of glory [HOLY MAN] bade the lord of the daylight-home [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] help him; the destroyer of the ground of the serpent [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] received the highest mind-board [COURAGE] in the face of trial. Plácitus, who is the best of men, was allotted a glorious task; Eustace chose for himself the very best life.

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