An evil man, if you make him your friend, Will give you evil for good: A good man, if you make him your friend, Will praise you in every place.
Notes: Auden-Taylor divide these four lines into two separate stanzas
For from evil men not ever wilt thou Get reward for good; A good man, though, will gain for thee The love and liking of many.
For never thou mayst from an evil man A good requital get; But a good man oft the greatest love Through words of praise will win thee.
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.
Því at af illum manni
góðs laun of geta,
en góðr maðr
mun þik gerva mega
líknfastan at lofi.
The Counseling of the Stray-Singer (verses 109-136)