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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 63VII/4 — allir ‘everyone’

Ill tíðendi,        þótt þú einn vitir,
        gerz þú þagmælskr af þeim;
allir þann lasta,        ef einn geriz
        flærðar frumkveðill.

Þótt þú einn vitir ill tíðendi, gerz þú þagmælskr af þeim; allir lasta þann, ef einn geriz frumkveðill flærðar.

Even if you alone know of some bad news, be discreet about it; everyone blames him, if he alone becomes the originator of falsehood.


[4] allir þann lasta: vertu þögnmælskr 624



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