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Anon Sól 68VII/2 — eigi ‘never’

Allar ógnir        fær þú eigi vitat,
        þær sem helgengnir hafa;
sætar synðir        verða at sárum bótum;
        æ koma mein eptir munuð.

Þú fær eigi vitat allar ógnir, þær sem helgengnir hafa; sætar synðir verða at sárum bótum; mein koma æ eptir munuð.

You will never get to know all the terrors which those who have gone to Hell have; sweet sins turn into bitter compensations; injuries always come after pleasure.


[2] fær þú eigi vitat ‘you will never get to know’: Njörður Njarðvík (1991, 95) notes a parallel use of the inexpressibility topos for the torments of Hell in Has 39.



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