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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, 373

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21 — Anon Hsv 21VII

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Cite as: Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 21’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 373.

Ef at ýta lífi        hyggr þú öllu saman
        ok sér þeira siðu,
þat þú þá finnr,
        er fira reynir:
        fár er vamma varr.

Ef þú hyggr at ýta lífi öllu saman ok sér þeira siðu, þá finnr þú þat, er reynir fira: fár er varr vamma.

If you consider men’s life altogether and look at their customs, then you notice that, when you try people: few are free of blemishes.

Mss: 1199ˣ(72v), 720a IV(1v), 723aˣ(77), 696XV(1r), 401ˣ(1r), 624(141)

Readings: [1] Ef at: ‘[...]’ 696XV;    lífi: liði 696XV    [2] öllu saman: allra saman 696XV, vandliga 624    [3] sér: ‘si[...]ꜳ̋’ 696XV, sér þú 401ˣ;    þeira siðu: þeira siðu grant 723aˣ, ‘siðu þeir[...]’ 696XV    [4] þat þú: ‘[...]’ 696XV;    þá: om. 720a IV, 723aˣ, 401ˣ, 624, ‘[...]’ 696XV;    finnr: finnr þá 723aˣ, ‘[...]’ 696XV    [5] er: so 696XV, ef 1199ˣ, ef þú 720a IV, þá 723aˣ, þat þú 401ˣ, er þú 624;    fira: so 624, fyrða 1199ˣ, 720a IV, 723aˣ, 696XV, om. 401ˣ;    reynir: ‘reyne[...]’ 401ˣ    [6] fár er: at fáir er 723aˣ, 696XV, at fáir eru 401ˣ, er færri 624;    vamma: vámi 696XV

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], [C. E/5]. Hugsvinnsmál 21: AII, 172, BII, 189, Skald II, 98; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 10, Konráð Gíslason 1860, 549, Gering 1907, 6, Tuvestrand 1977, 82, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 38.

Notes: [All]: Lat. parallel: (Dist. I, 5) Si vitam inspicias hominum, si denique mores, / cum culpant alios: nemo sine crimine vivit ‘If you look at the life of those men (and their ways of life) who find fault with others, [you will find that] nobody lives without fault’. — [6] fár er varr vamma ‘few are free of blemishes’: This l. is a variant of a common OIcel. saying. Cf. Hávm 22/6 (NK, 20): hann era vamma vanr ‘he is not free of blemishes’.

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