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Anon Hsv 35VII/6 — stendr ‘is’

Af annars dauða        væntu aldrigi,
        at þér gagn geriz;
aldrlagi sínu        ræðr engi maðr;
        nær stendr hölðum hel.

Væntu aldrigi, at þér gagn geriz af annars dauða; engi maðr ræðr aldrlagi sínu; hel stendr nær hölðum.

Never hope that you may profit from another’s death; nobody controls his own life’s end; death is close to men.

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