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En svá sem í náttúrligum líkǫmum eru nǫkkurir þeir hlutir er einfaldir kallaz sem fjórir hǫfuðskepnur: eldr ok vatn, lopt ok jǫrð, ok kallaz þessir hlutir eigi af því einfaldir, at þeir sé óskiptiligir, heldr af því, at hverr þeira hlutr er jafn sínu ǫllu, svá sem lítill gneisti hefir jafna náttúru hinu mesta báli, svá eru ok stafir óskiptiligir í misjǫfnu efni, eða í þá hluti sem ólíkir eru,
(And just as in natural bodies there are certain things which are called elementary — like the four elements: fire and water, air and earth; and these things are not called elementary because they are indivisible, but rather because each part of them is the same as its whole, just as a small spark has the same nature as the largest blaze — so too letters are indivisible into different matter or into things which are unlike,)
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