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Anon Hsv 110VII/2 — telr ‘thinks’

Aumr maðr        telr sér einskis vant,
        ef sér atvinnu á,
en inn fégjarni sýtir,        þótt fullsælu hafi,
        ok þykkiz válaðr vera.

Aumr maðr telr sér einskis vant, ef á sér atvinnu, en inn fégjarni sýtir, þótt hafi fullsælu, ok þykkiz vera válaðr.

A poor man thinks he lacks nothing if he has means of subsistence for himself, but the avaricious person complains even if he has great wealth, and thinks he is poverty-stricken.

readings

[2-3] so 723aˣ, 624, ef sér atvinnu á telr sér einskis vant 1199ˣ

notes

[2-3]: These ll. are reversed in 1199ˣ, which produces an unmetrical reading.

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