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Anon Hsv 136VII/5 — eigi ‘not’

Engi oftreysti,        þótt eigi sé gamall,
        at muni lengi lifa;
skugga sinn        hygg ek eigi mega skatna flýja
        né heldr forðaz feigð.

Engi oftreysti, at muni lifa lengi, þótt sé eigi gamall; ek hygg skatna mega eigi flýja skugga sinn né heldr forðaz feigð.

Nobody may trust too much that he will live long, even if he is not old; I think that men cannot escape their shadow nor avoid the approach of death.

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