6. A man shall not boast | of his keenness of mind,
But keep it close in his breast;
To the silent and wise | does ill come seldom
When he goes as guest to a house;
(For a faster friend | one never finds
Than wisdom tried and true.)

7. The knowing guest | who goes to the feast,
In silent attention sits;
With his ears he hears, | with his eyes he watches,
Thus wary are wise men all.

8. Happy the one | who wins for himself
Favor and praises fair;
Less safe by far | is the wisdom found
That is hid in another's heart.

9. Happy the man | who has while he lives
Wisdom and praise as well,
For evil counsel | a man full oft
Has from another's heart.

10. A better burden | may no man bear
For wanderings wide than wisdom;
It is better than wealth | on unknown ways,
And in grief a refuge it gives.

[6. Lines 5 and 6 appear to have been added to the stanza.]

 




6. At hyggjandi sinni skyli-t mađr hrćsinn vera,
heldr gćtinn at geđi; ţá er horskr ok ţögull
kemr heimisgarđa til, sjaldan verđr víti vörum,
ţví at óbrigđra vin fćr mađr aldregi
en mannvit mikit.


7. Inn vari gestr, er til verđar kemr,
ţunnu hljóđi ţegir, eyrum hlýđir,
en augum skođar;
svá nýsisk fróđra hverr fyrir.

8. Hinn er sćll, er sér of getr
lof ok líknstafi;
ódćlla er viđ ţat,
er mađr eiga skal annars brjóstum í.

9. Sá er sćll, er sjalfr of á
lof ok vit, međan lifir;
ţví at ill ráđ
hefr mađr oft ţegit annars brjóstum ór.

10. Byrđi betri berr-at mađr brautu at
en sé mannvit mikit; auđi betra
ţykkir ţat í ókunnum stađ;
slíkt er válađs vera.


 


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