Never reproach the plight of another, For it happens to many men: Strong desire may stupefy heroes, Dull the wits of the wise
‘Tis not meant for men to mock At what befalls full many: A fair face oft makes fools of the wise By the mighty lure of love.
Fault with another let no man find For what touches many a man; Wise men oft into witless fools Are made by mighty love.
Let no one wonder at another’s folly, It is the lot of many. All-powerful desire makes of the sons of men Fools even of the wise.
er maðr annan skal,
þess er um margan gengr guma;
heimska ór horskum
gerir hölða sonu
sá inn máttki munr.
Odin’s Love Quests (verses 94-100)