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Anon Hsv 26VII/1 — eigi ‘not’

Hirtu eigi at senna,        þótt þú satt vitir,
        við hvassorðan hal;
málskálp mikit        er mörgum gefit;
        fár er at hyggju horskr.

Hirtu eigi at senna við hvassorðan hal, þótt þú vitir satt; mikit málskálp er gefit mörgum; fár er horskr at hyggju.

Take care not to quarrel with a sharp-worded man, even though you may know the truth; great loquacity is granted to many; few are wise in mind.

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