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Anon Hsv 122VII/5 — eigi ‘not’

Eigi skaltu hlæja,        ef þú vilt horskr vera,
        at öldruðum afa;
opt þat ellibjúgr man,        sem ungr veit eigi,
        ok kennir gott gum*um.

Skaltu eigi hlæja at öldruðum afa, ef þú vilt vera horskr; ellibjúgr man opt þat, sem ungr veit eigi, ok kennir gum*um gott.

You must not laugh at an elderly grandfather, if you want to be wise; often one bowed down with age remembers what a young person does not know, and teaches men well.

readings

[5] eigi: so 723aˣ, 624, eigi til 1199ˣ

notes

[5]: The l. is unmetrical, having two alliterating staves in all mss.

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