The mind alone knows what is near the heart, Each is his own judge: The worst sickness for a wise man Is to crave what he cannot enjoy.
One’s self only known what is near one’s heart, Each reads but himself aright; No sickness seems to sound mind worse Than to have lost all liking for life.
The head alone knows what dwells near the heart, A man knows his mind alone; No sickness is worse to one who is wise Than to lack the longed-for joy.
The mind only knows what lies near the heart, That alone is conscious of our affections. No disease is worse to a sensible man Than not to be content with himself.
Hugr einn þat veit,
er býr hjarta nær,
einn er hann sér of sefa;
öng er sótt verri
hveim snotrum manni
en sér engu at una.
Odin’s Love Quests (verses 94-100)