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III. Málsháttakvæði (Mhkv) - 30

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5: Málsháttakvæði (‘Proverb poem’) — Anon MhkvIII

Roberta Frank 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Málsháttakvæði’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Brepols, Turnhout, p. 1213.

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði, Et orknøsk(?) digt, omkr. 1200. (AII, 130-6, BII, 138-45)

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Full edition, translation and commentary for this poem can be found in the printed volume III, p. 1213. See the Brepols website for more information. The text below is from a superseded edition (Skj where relevant).

1 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 1 [Vol. 3, 1216] — Anon Mhkv 1III

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- - - - - - - - - - þegir;
dylja má þess, er einn hverr segir;
- - - - - - - - - - - -
- - - eitt bregzk hóti síðr;
fœra ætlum forn orð saman
(flestir henda at nøkkvi gaman,
gleði minnar veit geipun sjá),
griplur er sem hendi þá.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 1 (AII, 130-1; BII, 138); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
2 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 2 [Vol. 3, 1217] — Anon Mhkv 2III

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Ekki hefk með flimtun farit,
fullvel ættak til þess varit,
(yrkja kann ek vônu verr)
vita þykkisk þat maðrinn hverr;
stolit væri mér ekki ór ætt,
jafnan þótt ek kvæða slétt;
róa verðr fyrst til ens næsta ness,
nǫkkut ættak kyn til þess.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 2 (AII, 131; BII, 138); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
3 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 3 [Vol. 3, 1218] — Anon Mhkv 3III

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Þjóð spyrr alt þat's þrír menn vitu,
þeir hafa verr, er tryggðum slitu,
ekki er því til eins manns skotit,
ýmsir hafa þau dœmi hlotit;
hermðar orð munu hittask í,
heimult ák at glaupsa of því,
(nǫkkut varð hon sýsla of sik)
svinneyg drós hvé hon fór við mik.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 3 (AII, 131; BII, 138-9); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
4 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 4 [Vol. 3, 1219] — Anon Mhkv 4III

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Ró skyldu menn reiði gefa,
raunlítit kømsk opt á þrefa,
gagarr er skaptr, þvít geyja skal,
gera ætlak mér létt of tal;
verit hafði mér verra í hug,
var þat nær sem kveisu flug,
jafnan fagnar kvikr maðr kú,
kennir hins, at gleðjumk nú.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 4 (AII, 131; BII, 139); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
5 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 5 [Vol. 3, 1219] — Anon Mhkv 5III

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Alllítit er ungs manns gaman,
einum þykkir daufligt saman,
annars barn er sem úlf at frjá,
óðfúss myndi blindr at sjá;
dýrt láta menn dróttins orð,
drekarnir rísa opt á sporð,
ǫðlingr skyldi einkar rǫskr,
œpa kann í mœrum frǫskr.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 5 (AII, 131-2; BII, 139); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
6 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 6 [Vol. 3, 1220] — Anon Mhkv 6III

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Fylki skal til frægðar hafa,
fregna eigum langt til gafa,
oddar gerva jarli megin,
útsker verða af bôrum þvegin;
ýmsir bjóða ǫðrum fár,
(ormar skríða ór hamsi á vár)
vel hefr sás þat líða lætr,
langar eigu þeir bersi nætr.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 6 (AII, 132; BII, 139); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
7 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 7 [Vol. 3, 1221] — Anon Mhkv 7III

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Bjarki átti hugarkorn hart,
herlið feldi Stǫrkuðr mart,
(ekki var hann í hvílðum hœgr),
Hrómundr þótti garpr ok slœgr;
ókat þeim né einn á bug,
Eljárnir var trúr at hug,
fílinn gat hann í fylking sótt,
fullstrǫng hefr sú mannraun þótt.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 7 (AII, 132; BII, 139-40); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
8 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 8 [Vol. 3, 1222] — Anon Mhkv 8III

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Bana þóttusk þeir bíða vel,
Brandingi svaf loks í hel,
Mardallar var glysligr grátr,
gleðr sá mann er opt er kátr;
Ásmundr tamði Gnóð við gjálfr,
gulli mælti Þjazi sjálfr,
Niðjungr skóf af haugi horn;
hølzti eru nú minni forn.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 8 (AII, 132; BII, 140); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
9 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 9 [Vol. 3, 1223] — Anon Mhkv 9III

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Friggjar þótti svipr at syni,
sá var taldr ór miklu kyni,
Hermóðr vildi auka aldr,
Éljúðnir vann sólginn Baldr,
ǫll grétu þau eptir hann,
aukit var þeim hlátrar bann,
heyrinkunn er frá hônum saga,
hvat þarf ek of slíkt at jaga.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 9 (AII, 132; BII, 140); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
10 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 10 [Vol. 3, 1224] — Anon Mhkv 10III

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Sitt mein þykkir sárast hveim,
sáttargǫrð er ætluð tveim,
oddamaðr fæsk opt enn þriði,
jafntrúr skal sá hvárra liði;
engi of dœmir sjálfan sik
(slíkt ætlak nú henda mik),
ýta lið þótt alt fari byrst,
engi læzk því valda fyrst.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 10 (AII, 132; BII, 140); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
11 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 11 [Vol. 3, 1225] — Anon Mhkv 11III

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Stefjum verðr at stæla brag,
stuttligt hefk á kvæði lag,
ella mun þat þykkja þula,
þannig nær sem ek henda mula.
Ekki var þat forðum farald,
Finnan gat þó œrðan Harald,
hônum þótti sólbjǫrt sú,
slíks dœmi verðr mǫrgum nú.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 11 (AII, 132-3; BII, 140-1); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: Flat, R; texts: Flat 413
 
12 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 12 [Vol. 3, 1227] — Anon Mhkv 12III

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Skips láta menn skammar rár,
skatna þykkir hugrinn grár,
tungan leikr við tanna sár,
trauðla er gengt á ís of vár;
mjǫk fár er sér œrinn einn,
eyvit týr, þótt skyndi seinn,
gǫfgask mætti af gengi hverr,
gǫrva þekkik sumt hvé ferr.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 12 (AII, 133; BII, 141); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
13 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 13 [Vol. 3, 1228] — Anon Mhkv 13III

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Afli of deilir sízt við sjô,
Sǫrli sprakk af gildri þrô,
stundum þýtr í logni lô,
litlu verr, at ráðak fô;
mǫrgum þykkir fullgott fé,
frænuskammr er enn deigi lé,
kvæðit skal með kynjum alt,
konungs morginn er langr ávalt.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 13 (AII, 133; BII, 141); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
14 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 14 [Vol. 3, 1229] — Anon Mhkv 14III

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Bráðsét láta bragnar opt,
bregðr at þeim, er heldr á lopt,
allmargr er til seinn at sefask,
svá kǫllum vér rôð sem gefask.
Ekki var þat forðum farald,
Finnan gat þó œrðan Harald,
hônum þótti sólbjǫrt sú,
slíks dœmi verðr mǫrgum nú.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 14 (AII, 133; BII, 141); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
15 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 15 [Vol. 3, 1229] — Anon Mhkv 15III

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Auðigr þykkir einn sér hvar,
annars rœðir margr of far,
ørgranns erum vér lengst á leit,
lundvær þykkir bezta sveit;
skammæ þykkja ófin ǫll,
ekki mart er verra en trǫll,
eigi spillir hyggins hjali,
hefkat ek spurt at bersa kali.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 15 (AII, 133; BII, 141-2); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
16 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 16 [Vol. 3, 1230] — Anon Mhkv 16III

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Engi þarf at hræðask hót,
heldr kømr opt við sáran fót,
- - - - - - - - - - - -
hlutgjarn ferr með annars sǫk;
nøkkvi ríkstr er heima hverr,
- - - - - - - - - - - -
øngu tala ek umb at síðr,
orðin fara þegar munninn líðr.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 16 (AII, 133-4; BII, 142); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
17 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 17 [Vol. 3, 1231] — Anon Mhkv 17III

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Varla sýnisk alt sem er
ýtum þeim, er bægir drer,
eigi at eins er í fǫgru fengr,
fundit mun þat er reynt er lengr.
Ekki var þat forðum farald,
Finnan gat þó œrðan Harald,
hônum þótti sólbjǫrt sú,
slíks dœmi verðr mǫrgum nú.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 17 (AII, 134; BII, 142); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
18 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 18 [Vol. 3, 1232] — Anon Mhkv 18III

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Efnum þykkir bezt at búa,
brǫgðótt reyndisk gemlu fúa,
margar kunni hon slœgðir sér,
svá nǫkkvi gafsk Rannveig mér;
illa hefr sás annan sýkr,
eigi veit áðr hefndum lýkr,
bráðfengr þykkir brullaups frami,
brigða lengi er hverr enn sami.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 18 (AII, 134; BII, 142); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
19 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 19 [Vol. 3, 1233] — Anon Mhkv 19III

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Lýtin þykkja skammæ skarar,
skrautligt kǫllum nafnit farar,
trautt kallak þann valda er varar,
verða menn þeir er uppi fjarar,
ógipt verðr í umbúð skjót,
élin þykkja mǫrgum ljót,
engi of sér við ǫllum rokum,
jafnan spyrja menn at lokum.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 19 (AII, 134; BII, 142-3); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
20 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 20 [Vol. 3, 1234] — Anon Mhkv 20III

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Ástblindir 'ro seggir svá
sumir, at þykkja mjǫk fás gá,
(þannig verðr of mansǫng mælt)
marga hefr þat hyggna tælt.
Ekki var þat forðum farald,
Finnan gat þó œrðan Harald,
hônum þótti sólbjǫrt sú,
slíks dœmi verðr mǫrgum nú.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 20 (AII, 134; BII, 143); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
21 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 21 [Vol. 3, 1235] — Anon Mhkv 21III

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Ynðit láta engir falt,
allopt verðr í hreggi svalt,
andaðs drúpa minjar mest,
magran skyldi kaupa hest;
œrit þykkir viðkvæm vô,
vinfengin eru misjǫfn þá,
fasthaldr varð á Fenri lagðr,
fíkjum var mér ramligr sagðr.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 21 (AII, 134; BII, 143); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
22 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 22 [Vol. 3, 1236] — Anon Mhkv 22III

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Grandvarr skyldi enn góði maðr,
Gizurr varð at rógi saðr,
etja vildi jǫfrum saman,
ekki er mér at stúru gaman;
kunna vildak sjá við snǫrum,
sjaldan hygg at gyggvi vǫrum,
vel hefr hinn, er sitr of sitt,
svartflekkótt er kvæði mitt.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 22 (AII, 135; BII, 143); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
23 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 23 [Vol. 3, 1237] — Anon Mhkv 23III

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Jafnan segir enn ríkri rôð,
rǫskvir menn gefa ǫrnum brôð,
upp at eins er ungum vegar,
engi maðr er roskinn þegar;
falls er vôn af fornu tré,
fleira þykkir gott en sé,
auðsénna er annars vamm,
engi kømsk of skapadœgr framm.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 23 (AII, 135; BII, 143-4); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
24 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 24 [Vol. 3, 1237] — Anon Mhkv 24III

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Engi knettr of annars mein,
(aldri lætk at munni sein)
heimi heyrik sagt at snúi,
sumir einir hygg at mér trúi;
erfitt verðr þeims illa kann,
engan þarf at hjúfra mann,
þannig hefr mér lagzk í lund,
langviðrum skal eyða grund.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 24 (AII, 135; BII, 144); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
25 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 25 [Vol. 3, 1238] — Anon Mhkv 25III

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Sjaldan hittisk feigs vǫk frørin,
fljóðin verða at ǫldrum kørin,
lengi hefr þat lýst fyr mér,
lítinn kost á margr und sér;
sagt er frá, hvé neflauss narir,
nú verðr sumt þats mangi varir,
(væri betr at þegðak þokks)
þat hefr hverr er verðr er loks.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 25 (AII, 135; BII, 144); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
26 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 26 [Vol. 3, 1239] — Anon Mhkv 26III

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Þrýtra þann er verr hefr valt,
verða kann á ýmsa halt,
misjafnir 'ro blinds manns bitar,
bǫlit kǫllum vér ilt til litar;
eik hefr þats af ǫðrum skefr,
ekki mart er slœgra en refr,
jafnan verðr at áflóð stakar,
auðfengnar 'ro gelti sakar.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 26 (AII, 135; BII, 144); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
27 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 27 [Vol. 3, 1240] — Anon Mhkv 27III

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Gullormr á sér brennheitt ból,
bjartast skínn í heiði sól,
undrum þykkir gagnsætt gler,
glymjandi fellr hrǫnn of sker;
allar girnask ár í sjá,
ekki er manni verra en þrá,
fýsa munk ens fyrra vara,
flestr mun sik til nǫkkurs spara.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 27 (AII, 135-6; BII, 144-5); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
28 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 28 [Vol. 3, 1241] — Anon Mhkv 28III

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Geta má þess er gengit hefr,
gerir sá betr er annan svefr,
veitkat víst hvat verða kann,
villa er dælst of heimskan mann,
flárôðum má trautt of trúa,
til sín skyldi enu betra snúa,
hugga skal þanns harm hefr beðit,
hølzti mjǫk er at flestu kveðit.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 28 (AII, 136; BII, 145); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
29 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 29 [Vol. 3, 1242] — Anon Mhkv 29III

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Orða er leitat mér í munn,
mælgin verðr oss heyrinkunn,
(Yggjar bjór hverr eiga myni
ósýnt þykkir lýða kyni);
eyvit mun sjá atfrétt stoða,
allmjǫk er mér lund til hroða,
þeygi var sjá aflausn ill,
eiga skal nú hverr er vill.

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 29 (AII, 136; BII, 145); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
30 Vol. 3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 30 [Vol. 3, 1243] — Anon Mhkv 30III

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Stjórnlausu hefk slungit saman,
svá vildak [mér hitta gaman].

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 30 (AII, 136; BII, 145); runhent; ed. RF; group: B; mss: R
 
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