Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 116VII/3 — vífin ‘women’

Ofdrykkju forðaz;        * hon drýgir erfiði;
        svá skal við vífin varaz;
líkams lestir        tæla lýða hvern,
        er í sællífi sitr.

Forðaz ofdrykkju; * hon drýgir erfiði; svá skal varaz við vífin; líkams lestir tæla hvern lýða, er sitr í sællífi.

Avoid too much drinking; * it causes hardship; thus one must guard against women; vices of the body entrap every man who keeps to a wealthy way of life.


[3] vífin: so 720a IV, 723aˣ, meinum 1199ˣ, vífni 624



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