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Anon Lil 78VII/3 — glæpum ‘crimes’

Festiz og með fjúki lasta
frost ágirni mier í brjósti;
græðgi drep með glæpum auðgum
grefz hier inn með krókum stinnum.
Hræðiliga með blindri blíðu
blekkiz hold af dauðans flekkum;
heldr af slíku ætti eg aldri
ugglauss vera, þó að miskunn huggi.

Frost ágirni festiz og í brjósti mier með fjúki lasta; drep græðgi með auðgum glæpum grefz inn hier með stinnum krókum. Með blindri blíðu blekkiz hold hræðiliga af flekkum dauðans; heldr ætti eg aldri vera ugglauss af slíku, þó að miskunn huggi.

The frost of greed settles also in my breast with a snowdrift of vices; the rot of gluttony with abundant crimes digs in here with strong hooks. With blind delight flesh is cheated dreadfully by the stains of death; indeed I ought never be unafraid of such things, even though mercy should offer comfort.



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