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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for reference only:  56x   65x 

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, 378

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29 — Anon Hsv 29VII

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Cite as: Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 29’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 378.

Öðrum heita
skaltu eigi því,
er undir öðrum átt;
opt þik tælir,
er þú trúat hefir;
brigð eru beggja heit.

 

You must not promise another what you have lent to somebody else; that one may often trick you, whom you have trusted; the promises of both are fickle.

notes: Lat. parallel: (Dist. I, 13) Spem tibi promissi certam promittere noli: / rara fides ideo est, quia multi multa locuntur ‘Do not hold out certain hope of something promised to you; surety is rare, because many say many things’. The first 3 ll. are parallelled in Hsv 41. The text of 624 is closer to the Lat. — [4-6]: The reading in 624 differs considerably: símálugs orð | þykkir snotrum hól | vindi líkt vera, which requires emendation of hól ‘praise, flattery’ to hal ‘man’, thus: ‘to a wise man the words of a long-winded man seem like the wind’.

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: [C. E/5]. Hugsvinnsmál 29 (AII, 174; BII, 190); Skald II, 99; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 12, Gering 1907, 8-9, Tuvestrand 1977, 86, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 44.

sources

Lbs 1199 4°x (1199x) 74v, 1 - 74v, 2  transcr.  image  image  
AM 696 XV 4° (696XV) 1v, 2 - 1v, 3  transcr.  image  image  
AM 624 4° (624) 142, 2 - 142, 3  transcr.  image  -
AM 148 8vox (148x) 70v, 10 - 70v, 12  transcr.  
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