56. A measure of wisdom | each man shall have,
But never too much let him know;
Let no man the fate | before him see,
For so is he freest from sorrow.
57. A brand from a brand | is kindled and burned,
And fire from fire begotten;
And man by his speech | is known to men,
And the stupid by their stillness.
58. He must early go forth | who fain the blood
Or the goods of another would get;
The wolf that lies idle | shall win little meat,
Or the sleeping man success.
59. He must early go forth | whose workers are few,
Himself his work to seek;
Much remains undone | for the morning-sleeper,
For the swift is wealth half won.
60. Of seasoned shingles | and strips of bark
For the thatch let one know his need,
And how much of wood | he must have for a month,
Or in half a year he will use.
[56. The first line is abbreviated in the manuscript.]
56. Međalsnotr skyli manna hverr,
ćva til snotr sé;
örlög sín viti engi fyrir,
ţeim er sorgalausastr sefi.
57. Brandr af brandi brenn, unz brunninn er,
funi kveikisk af funa;
mađr af manni verđr at máli kuđr,
en til dćlskr af dul.
58. Ár skal rísa, sá er annars vill
fé eđa fjör hafa;
sjaldan liggjandi ulfr
lćr of getr né sofandi mađr sigr.
59. Ár skal rísa, sá er á yrkjendr fáa,
ok ganga síns verka á vit;
margt of dvelr, ţann er um morgin sefr,
hálfr er auđr und hvötum.
60. Ţurra skíđa ok ţakinna nćfra,
ţess kann mađr mjöt, ţess viđar,
er vinnask megi mál ok misseri.