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Anon Hsv 95VII/5 — hygg ‘think’

Gott ráð nema        skal gumna hverr,
        þótt kenni þý eða þræll;
ánauðgan mann        hygg ek opt vera
        frjálsum fróðara.

Hverr gumna skal nema gott ráð, þótt þý eða þræll kenni; ek hygg ánauðgan mann opt vera fróðara frjálsum.

Every person must take good advice, even if a female or male slave teaches it; I think an enslaved man is often wiser than a free one.

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