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Anon Lil 81VII/1 — Laust ‘loose’

Laust aldrigi lát mig, Kristi,
lastavinds í byljakasti;
tyfta mitt og tem sem oftast
tendrað brjóst með líknar vendi,
svá að grátandi fúss að fótum,
faðir skínandi, krjúpa eg þínum
hvert það sinn, er eg kulda kenni
í kostalausu glæpa frosti.

Lát mig aldrigi laust, Kristi, í byljakasti lastavinds; tyfta og tem sem oftast tendrað brjóst mitt með vendi líknar, svá að eg grátandi krjúpa fúss að fótum þínum, skínandi faðir, hvert það sinn, er eg kenni kulda í kostalausu frosti glæpa.

Never let me loose, Christ, in the sudden squall of the wind of vices; chastise and tame as often as possible my burning breast with the rod of mercy, so that, weeping, I may eagerly kneel at your feet, shining father, every time I experience cold in the barren frost of sins.


[1] lát mig aldrigi laust ‘never let me loose’: The poet uses the same idiom in 61/7: cf. and see Note. The l. echoes the phrase ne permittas me separari a te ‘never let me be separated from you’ from the popular prayer Anima Christi, which first appeared at the beginning of C14th and was widely circulated throughout Europe: Pope John XXII attached an indulgence to it in 1327 (Dreves 1898).



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