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Anon Hsv 134VII/3 — eigi ‘not’

Fávíss maðr        ef verðr á firði staddr,
        ok getr eigi beinan byr,
liðligra er honum        til lands at halda
        en sigla foldu frá.

Ef fávíss maðr verðr staddr á firði ok getr eigi beinan byr, er honum liðligra at halda til lands en sigla frá foldu.

If a not very wise man is stuck in a fjord and does not get a direct wind [for sailing], it is more useful for him to keep to the shore than to sail away from the land.

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