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Anon Hsv 48VII/6 — lýða ‘humans’’

Hvern dag,        er þú heilsu náir,
        vertu þér at nokkru nýtr;
sótt ok dauði        kemr, þá er sízt varir;
        brigt er lýða líf.

Hvern dag, er þú náir heilsu, vertu nýtr þér at nokkru; sótt ok dauði kemr, þá er sízt varir; brigt er lýða líf.

Every day in which you enjoy good health, be useful to yourself in something; sickness and death come when one least expects them; humans’ life is fickle.

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[6] lýða: synda 624

notes

[6] brigt er lýða líf ‘humans’ life is fickle’: The saying brigt er… is quite common in ON-Icel. literature. It is also used in Has 55/1. The unpredictability of health and wealth is also dealt with in Sól 8.

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