Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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VII. Hugsvinnsmál (Hsv) - 151

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Hugsvinnsmál (‘Sayings of the Wise-Minded One’) — Anon HsvVII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Hugsvinnsmál’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 358-449.

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: [C. E/5]. Hugsvinnsmál, Isl. oversættelse af Catonis Disticha. (AII, 167-97, BII, 185-210); stanzas (if different): 51/1-3, 67/1-3 | 52 | 53/4-6 | 53/1-3, 51/4-6 | 57 | 58 | 59 | 60 | 61 | 62 | 63 | 64 | 65 | 66 | 66 | 67 | 69 | 70 | 71 | 72 | 73 | 74 | 75 | 76 | 77 | 78/1-3 | 78 [var], 78/4-6 | 79 | 80 | 81 | 82 | 83 | 84 | 85 | 86 | 87 | 88 | 90 | 91 | 92 | 93 | 94 | 95 | 96 | 102 | 103 | 104 | 105 | 106 | 107 | 108 | 109 | 110 | 111 | 112 | 114 | 115 | 116 | 117 | 118 | 119 | 120 | 121 | 122 | 123 | 124 | 125 | 126 | 127 | 128 | 129 | 136 | 137 | 138 | 140 | 141 | 142 | 146 | 147 | 148

SkP info: VII, 436

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127 — Anon Hsv 127VII

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Cite as: Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 127’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 436.

Hyggindi þína        láttu at haldi koma
        þér ok þínum vinum;
æðri sýslu
        máttu eigi hafa,
        en kenna nýtt ok nema.

Láttu hyggindi þína koma at haldi þér ok vinum þínum; máttu eigi hafa æðri sýslu, en kenna ok nema nýtt.

Let your wisdom come to be a support for you and your friends; you cannot have a more important job than to teach and learn something useful.

Mss: 1199ˣ(75r), 723aˣ(84), 624(146-147)

Readings: [1] Hyggindi: so 723aˣ, 624, hyggenda 1199ˣ;    þína: þín 723aˣ, 624    [2] láttu: lát þér 624    [4] æðri: enga 624    [5] máttu eigi hafa: fær maðr aldri 723aˣ, máttu þér æðri geta 624    [6] nýtt: so 723aˣ, 624, gott 1199ˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], [C. E/5]. Hugsvinnsmál 126: AII, 193, BII, 206-7, Skald II, 108; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 34, Gering 1907, 34, Tuvestrand 1977, 141, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 116.

Notes: [All]: Lat. parallels: (Dist. IV, 23) Disce sed a doctis, indoctos ipse doceto: / propaganda etenim est rerum doctrina bonarum ‘Learn, but from the learned; teach the unlearned yourself; for the knowledge of good things should be spread abroad’. (Dist. IV, 27) Discere ne cessa, cura sapientia crescat: / rara datur longo prudentia temporis usu ‘Do not cease learning; taking pains increases wisdom; rarely is a long space of time given to prudence’. — [6] nýtt ‘(something) useful’: 1199ˣ’s reading gott ‘(something) good’ does not provide alliteration, although it is closer to the Lat. text.

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