, stanza 36, tr. W.H. Auden and P.B. Taylor:
A small hut of one's own is better,
A man is his master at home:
A couple of goats and a corded roof
Still are better than begging.
The same, tr. Henry Adams Bellows in The Poetic Edda
(New York: The American-Scandinavian Foundation, 1923), p. 36:
Better a house, though a hut it be,
A man is master at home;
A pair of goats and a patched-up roof
Are better far than begging.
The same, tr. Olive Bray in The Elder or Poetic Edda
, Part I (London: Printed for the Viking Club, 1908),
One's own house is best, though small it may be;
each man is master at home;
though he have but two goats and a bark-thatched hut
'tis better than craving a boon.
The same, tr. D. E. Martin Clarke in The Hávamál: With Selections from Other Poems of The Edda
(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1923; rpt. 2011), p. 53:
A house of your own is better, though it is only a little one. Every man is a person of consequence at home. Even if you only have two goats and a cottage thatched with fibre it is better than begging.
Bú er betra
þótt lítit sé
halr er heima hverr
þótt tvær geitr
eigi ok taugreptan sal
þat er þó betra an bœn