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Anon Lil 17VII/5 — Eigi ‘not’

Liettliga þar — svá ljósin vátta
liettleika í svaranna reikan —
því treystiz hann framt að freista
flærðum settr og talar með prettum:
Eigi munu þið Ádám deyja
andlitshvít, þóað eplið bítið,
heldur munuð með heiðr og valdi
hosk og rík við guðdóm líkjaz.’

Liettliga þar — svá vátta ljósin liettleika í reikan svaranna —, treystiz hann því, settr flærðum, að freista framt og talar með prettum: ‘Munu, þið, Ádám, andlitshvít eigi deyja, þóað bítið eplið, heldur, hosk og rík, munuð líkjaz við guðdóm með heiðr og valdi.’

Easily there — thus the lights affirm the levity in the wavering of her replies —, he dared this, filled with deceit, to tempt impertinently and speaks with tricks: ‘You and Adam, bright of face, will not die, though you eat the apple, rather, wise and powerful, you will be like the Godhead with honour and might.’

readings

[5] Eigi: ei 99a, 705ˣ

notes

[5] deyja … eigi ‘die … not’: The rhyme is accurate: eigi would have been pronounced with palatalized <g> in C14th. Cf. 7/5 and 14/7 (JH).

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