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Anon Brúðv 6VII/4 — gaf ‘gave’

Æstri unni meyju mest
Máríu siðknár,
og mætri sig snót
sjálfan gaf, bóka álmr.
Húfa vandiz hreint líf
halda vel skíð-Baldr
(brúða hiet því brandrjóðr
blóma) með sveindóm.

Siðknár álmr bóka unni mest æstri meyju, Máríu, og gaf sjálfan sig mætri snót. Húfa skíð-Baldr vandiz halda vel hreint líf með sveindóm; brandrjóðr hiet blóma brúða því.

The well-behaved elm-tree of books [MAN] loved most the highest Virgin, Mary, and gave himself to the glorious woman. The Baldr <god> of the plank of hulls [(lit. ‘plank-Baldr of hulls’) SHIPS > SEAFARER] was accustomed to follow fully a chaste life with virginity; the sword-reddener [WARRIOR] promised it to the flower of brides [= Mary].

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