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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Hugsvinnsmál (Hsv) - 151

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, 389

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46 — Anon Hsv 46VII

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Cite as: Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 46’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 389.

Einskis biðja        samir þér annan þess,
        er gengr af réttri rifi;
ósvinnr maðr
        biðr þess iðugliga,
        er hann þarf hvergi at hafa.

Samir þér biðja annan einskis þess, er gengr af réttri rifi; ósvinnr maðr biðr iðugliga þess, er hann þarf hvergi at hafa.

It befits you to ask another for nothing which departs from right reason; an unwise man frequently asks for that which he does not need to have.

Mss: 1199ˣ(73r), 723aˣ(80), 401ˣ(1v), 624(142)

Readings: [1] Einskis: so 723aˣ, 401ˣ, 624, einski 1199ˣ    [2] samir þér: þér samir vel 401ˣ, skaltu 624    [3] gengr af réttri rifi: er gengr af restu rifi 723aˣ, ‘ei geingr af re[...]rife’ 401ˣ, þú eigi þarft 624    [4] ósvinnr: ósnotr 624    [5] iðugliga: optliga 401ˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], [C. E/5]. Hugsvinnsmál 46: AII, 178, BII, 193, Skald II, 101, NN §2589; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 14, Konráð Gíslason 1860, 550, Gering 1907, 13, Tuvestrand 1977, 96, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 58.

Notes: [All]: Lat. parallel: (Dist. I, 31) Quod iustum est petito vel quod videatur honestum, / nam stultum petere est quod possit iure negari ‘Ask for what is right or what seems proper, for it is foolish to ask for that which may rightly be denied’. The question of whom to ask for what and to be decent in one’s pleas is also dealt with in Hávm and Sól. Cf. Sól 28. — [1-3]: The text in 624 departs from the Lat.: Einskis biðja | skaltu annan þess | er þú eigi þarft ‘You must ask another for nothing which you do not need’.

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