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Anon Sól 31VII/1 — Úlfum ‘wolves’

Úlfum líkir        þykkja allir þeir,
        sem eiga hverfan hug;
svá mun gefaz,        þeim er ganga skal
        þær inar glæddu götur.

Allir þeir, sem eiga hverfan hug, þykkja líkir úlfum; svá mun gefaz, þeim er skal ganga þær inar glæddu götur.

All those who have a changeable heart seem like wolves; it shall turn out thus for the one who has to tread the glowing-hot paths.


[1] líkir úlfum ‘like wolves’: cf. Matt. VII.15: adtendite a falsis prophetis qui veniunt ad vos in vestimentis ovium intrinsecus autem sunt lupi rapaces ‘beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves’.



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