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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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, 390

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48 — Anon Hsv 48VII

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Cite as: Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 48’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 390.

Hvern dag,        er þú heilsu náir,
        vertu þér at nokkru nýtr;
sótt ok dauði
        kemr, þá er sízt varir;
        brigt er lýða líf.

Hvern dag, er þú náir heilsu, vertu nýtr þér at nokkru; sótt ok dauði kemr, þá er sízt varir; brigt er lýða líf.

Every day in which you enjoy good health, be useful to yourself in something; sickness and death come when one least expects them; humans’ life is fickle.

Mss: 1199ˣ(73r), 723aˣ(80), 401ˣ(1v), 624(143)

Readings: [1] dag: dag frá öðrum 401ˣ, 624    [2] er þú: meðan þér 624;    heilsu: heilsan 624;    náir: hefr 723aˣ, 401ˣ, gefz 624    [3] þér: om. 401ˣ    [5] varir: vari 723aˣ, at varir 624    [6] lýða: synda 624

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], [C. E/5]. Hugsvinnsmál 48: AII, 178-9, BII, 193, Skald II, 101; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 15, Gering 1907, 14, Tuvestrand 1977, 97, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 60.

Notes: [All]: Lat. parallel: (Dist. I, 33) Cum dubia incertis versetur vita periclis, / pro lucro tibi pone diem, quicumque sequetur ‘Since fickle life turns on uncertain perils, consider each day you struggle through a gain for yourself’. Both versions are very free translations. — [1-2]: 624’s reading, used by Hermann Pálsson and Finnur Jónsson, differs here: Hvern dag frá öðrum, | meðan þér heilsan gefz ... ‘Every day to the next, while health is granted to you...’. — [6] brigt er lýða líf ‘humans’ life is fickle’: The saying brigt er… is quite common in ON-Icel. literature. It is also used in Has 55/1. The unpredictability of health and wealth is also dealt with in Sól 8.

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