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Anon Hsv 57VII/5 — getr

Gæzku safna        skal gumna hverr,
        sá er vill hyggindi hafa;
æðri speki        fær maðr aldrigi,
        en hann við syndum sjái.

Hverr gumna, sá er vill hafa hyggindi, skal safna gæzku; maðr fær aldrigi æðri speki, en hann sjái við syndum.

Every man who wants to have wisdom must accumulate virtues; a man never gets more wisdom than [if] he guards himself against sins.

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