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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, 376

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26 — Anon Hsv 26VII

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Cite as: Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 26’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 376.

Hirtu eigi at senna,        þótt þú satt vitir,
        við hvassorðan hal;
málskálp mikit
        er mörgum gefit;
        fár er at hyggju horskr.

Hirtu eigi at senna við hvassorðan hal, þótt þú vitir satt; mikit málskálp er gefit mörgum; fár er horskr at hyggju.

Take care not to quarrel with a sharp-worded man, even though you may know the truth; great loquacity is granted to many; few are wise in mind.

Mss: 1199ˣ(72v), 723aˣ(78), 401ˣ(1r), 624(141)

Readings: [1] at senna: so 723aˣ, at seggja 1199ˣ, sina 401ˣ, at sverja 624    [2] þótt: so 401ˣ, þó 1199ˣ, 723aˣ, om. 624;    vitir: om. 624    [3] hal: há 624    [4] málskálp: so 401ˣ, málskap 1199ˣ, 723aˣ, því málskálp 624    [5] er: verðr 723aˣ, 401ˣ;    mörgum: ‘m[...]’ 401ˣ    [6] at: í 401ˣ, 624

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], [C. E/5]. Hugsvinnsmál 26: AII, 173, BII, 190, Skald II, 99, NN §1915; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 11, Konráð Gíslason 1860, 550, Gering 1907, 8, Tuvestrand 1977, 85, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 42.

Notes: [All]: Lat. parallel: (Dist. I, 10) Contra verbosos noli contendere verbis: / sermo datur cunctis, animi sapientia paucis ‘Do not exchange words with wordy people; speech is given to all, wisdom of mind to few’. The corresponding st. of the distichs is also cited in FGT. There the Lat. text is followed by a translation: Hirð eigi þú at þræta við málrófsmenn; málróf er gefit mǫrgum, en spekin fám ‘Do not quarrel with loquacious people; loquacity is given to many, but wisdom to few’ (FGT 1972, 228-9). — [2]: The second l. has no equivalent in the Lat. text. — [4] málskálp ‘loquacity’: 624 does not agree with the other mss of the first version but with 401ˣ, which is usually considered as a representative of the second version.

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