The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 317 pages of information about The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson.

112.  Time ’tis to discourse from the preacher’s chair.  By the well of Urd I silent sat, I saw and meditated, I listened to men’s words.

113.  Of runes I heard discourse, and of things divine, nor of graving them were they silent, nor of sage counsels, at the High One’s hall.  In the High One’s hall.  I thus heard say: 

114.  I counsel thee, Loddfafnir, to take advice:  thou wilt profit if thou takest it.  Rise not at night, unless to explore, or art compelled to go out.

115.  I counsel thee, Loddfafnir, to take advice, thou wilt profit if thou takest it.  In an enchantress’s embrace thou mayest not sleep, so that in her arms she clasp thee.

116.  She will be the cause that thou carest not for Thing or prince’s words; food thou wilt shun and human joys; sorrowful wilt thou go to sleep.

117.  I counsel thee, etc.  Another’s wife entice thou never to secret converse.

118.  I counsel thee, etc.  By fell or firth if thou have to travel, provide thee well with food.

119.  I counsel thee, etc.  A bad man let thou never know thy misfortunes; for from a bad man thou never wilt obtain a return for thy good will.

120.  I saw mortally wound a man a wicked woman’s words; a false tongue caused his death, and most unrighteously.

121.  I counsel thee, etc.  If thou knowest thou hast a friend, whom thou well canst trust, go oft to visit him; for with brushwood over-grown, and with high grass, is the way that no one treads.

122.  I counsel thee, etc.  A good man attract to thee in pleasant converse; and salutary speech learn while thou livest.

123.  I counsel thee, etc.  With thy friend be thou never first to quarrel.  Care gnaws the heart, if thou to no one canst thy whole mind disclose.

124.  I counsel thee, etc.  Words thou never shouldst exchange with a witless fool;

125.  For from an ill-conditioned man thou wilt never get a return for good; but a good man will bring thee favour by his praise.

126.  There is a mingling of affection, where one can tell another all his mind.  Everything is better than being with the deceitful.  He is not another’s friend who ever says as he says.

127.  I counsel thee, etc.  Even in three words quarrel not with a worse man:  often the better yields, when the worse strikes.

128.  I counsel thee, etc.  Be not a shoemaker, nor a shaftmaker, unless for thyself it be; for a shoe if ill made, or a shaft if crooked, will call down evil on thee.

129.  I counsel thee, etc.  Wherever of injury thou knowest, regard that injury as thy own; and give to thy foes no peace.

130.  I counsel thee, etc.  Rejoiced at evil be thou never; but let good give thee pleasure.

131.  I counsel thee, etc.  In a battle look not up, (like swine the sons of men then become) that men may not fascinate thee.

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