Cite as: Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 44’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 387-8.
|Fé þik eigi tæla lát, þótt þér fagrt sýniz,
né til síngirnu snúi;
| girniz illr at hafa;|
sæll er, sá er sínu unir.
Lát eigi fé tæla þik, né snúi til síngirnu, þótt sýniz þér fagrt; illr girniz annars eign at hafa; sæll er, sá er unir sínu.
Do not let money entice you nor turn [you] to covetousness, although it may seem attractive to you; a bad person desires to own another’s possession; he is fortunate, who is content with his own.
Mss: 1199ˣ(73r), 723aˣ(80), 696XV(1v), 401ˣ(1v), 624(142)
Readings:  þik eigi tæla lát: þik eigi tæla 723aˣ, láttu þik eigi tæla 696XV, ‘[...] fagvrt se’ 624  þótt: so 696XV, 401ˣ, þótt at 1199ˣ, þat 723aˣ, om. 624; þér fagrt sýniz: ‘þier fagurt [...]’ 696XV, lát þú þik eigi tæla 624  né til síngirnu snúi: so 624, þat til þín girnd snúiz 1199ˣ, þó þér komi girnd í geð 723aˣ, ‘[...] snuazt’ 696XV, eða til sinkr snúiz 401ˣ  girniz: girnstu 401ˣ, fýsiz 624; illr: aldri 401ˣ; at: ‘a[...]’ 624; hafa: ‘h[...]’ 696XV  sæll: snotr 624
Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], [C. E/5]. Hugsvinnsmál 44: AII, 177-8, BII, 193, Skald II, 100; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 14, Gering 1907, 13, Tuvestrand 1977, 95, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 56.
Notes: [All]: Lat. parallel: (Dist. I, 29) Quod vile est carum, quod carum vile putato: / sic tu nec cupidus nec avarus nosceris ulli ‘Take that which is cheap to be dear, that dear to be cheap; thus you will be known to no-one as greedy nor avaricious’. Although the phrasing in both versions of ll. 1-3 is quite different, they both render the Lat. distich equally correctly. Therefore it remains uncertain which version is closer to the original translation. Avarice is quite a common topic in medieval literature. In Hsv it is also mentioned in sts 22, 73, 96, and 97. There is a parallel in content in Sól 63. — [1-2]:
624 reads quite differently: Fé [þótt] fagrt sé | lát þú þik eigi tæla ‘Do not let money
entice you, although it seems attractive’ (AM 148 8° has þó). —  né snúi til síngirnu ‘nor turn [you] to covetousness’: 624’s reading is taken here following Skj B. Although it differs substantially from the other mss, they all have problems. 1199ˣ’s reading þat snúiz til þín girnd ‘it may turn desire to you’ alliterates somewhat irregularly on þat and þín and could be corrupt; additionally, snúaz cannot take an acc. object. Hermann Pálsson bases his text on 401ˣ, which requires emendation: eða til sínku snúisk ‘or turn [you] to covetousness’. 696XV has a lacuna. 723aˣ has yet another version: þó þér komi girnd í geð ‘although desire comes to your mind’, but does not fit very well semantically with the previous ll. Skj takes 624’s version but emends síngirnu (from síngirna) to síngirni, although the former is attested.