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Anon Mv I 20VII/1 — bál ‘a pyre’

Hlóðu bál að brúði,
brann umhverfis svanna
allr, á víðum velli,
viðköstur í fasta.
Vald Máríu völdugt
vinnr syndugri kvinnu
bót, svá að hyrr inn heiti
hlífir frúinnar lífi.

Hlóðu bál að brúði á víðum velli; allr viðköstur brann í fasta umhverfis svanna. Völdugt vald Máríu vinnr bót syndugri kvinnu, svá að inn heiti hyrr hlífir lífi frúinnar.

They stacked a pyre about the lady on a wide field; the entire woodpile burned in flame around the woman. The powerful power of Mary provides help for the sinful woman so that the hot fire spares the life of the lady.



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