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Anon Hsv 89VII/6 — ger ‘behave’

Illa áleitni        ræk þú aldrigi,
        ef þú lastvarr lifir;
eigi er auðgætt,        þat er öllum líki;
        ger þú, svát góðr lofi.

Ræk þú aldrigi illa áleitni, ef þú lifir lastvarr; eigi er auðgætt, þat er öllum líki; ger þú, svát góðr lofi.

Never worry about evil rebuke if you live as a virtuous person; it is not easy [to do] what pleases everyone; behave in such a way that a good person praises [you].

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