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Anon Hsv 133VII/6 — æ ‘always’

Mikit vatn        gerir mörgum skaða,
        þótt eigi falli straumar strítt;
svá er seggr        slægr ok langþögull;
        þarf æ við þeim at sjá.

Mikit vatn gerir skaða mörgum, þótt straumar falli eigi strítt; svá er slægr ok langþögull seggr; þarf æ at sjá við þeim.

A large river does harm to many, although the currents do not run strong; so too is a sly and long-silent man; it is always necessary to beware of that one.


[6] þarf æ: þörf er 624



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