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Anon Hsv 28VII/6 — lýðum ‘in public’

Öll tíðindi,        þau er upp koma,
        ræð þú eigi fyrstr með firum;
betra er at þegja        en þat at segja,
        sem lýðum reyniz at lygi.

Ræð þú eigi fyrstr með firum öll tíðindi, þau er upp koma; betra er at þegja en at segja þat, sem reyniz lýðum at lygi.

Do not be the first to discuss with men all the news that comes up; it is better to keep silent than to say what proves in public to be a lie.

readings

[6] sem lýðum reyniz: sem lýðum 723aˣ, ‘[...]zt kyind at lygi’ 696XV, er reyniz lýðum 401ˣ, sem síðan reyniz 624

notes

[6]: This l. might have been influenced by Sigrdr 25 (NK, 195): Alt er vant, | ef þú við þegir; | þá þiccir þú með bleyði borinn | eða sǫnno sagðr; | ... Annars dags | láttu hans ǫndo farit | oc launa svá lýðom lygi! ‘Everything is lost if you are silent in response; then you seem to be born a coward or else it is spoken truly; ... on another day let his spirit pass on and thus repay his lies in public’ (Larrington 1996, 170).

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