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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.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26   27   28   29   30   31   32   33   34   35   36   37   38   39   40   41   42   43   44   45   46   47   48   49   50   51   52   53   54   55   56   57   58   59   60   61   62   63   64   65   66   67   68   69   70   71   72   73   74   75   76   77   78   79   80   81   82   83   84   85   86   87   88   89   90   91   92   93   94   95   96   97   98   99   100   101   102   103   104   105   106   107   108   109   110   111   112   113   114   115   116   117   118   119   120   121   122   123   124   125   126   127   128   129   130   131   132   133   134   135   136   137   138   139   140   141   142   143   144   145   146   147   148   149 

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, 395

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56 — Anon Hsv 56VII

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Cite as: Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 56’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 395.

Allsnotr maðr
ef íþróttir nema vill
ok vel mart vita,
bækr hann lesi,
þær er gerðu bragnar spakir,
þeir er kendu fróðleik firum,
þvít á fornum bókum
stendr til flestra hluta
ráðafjölð ritin.

 

If a very wise man wants to learn accomplishments and know many things well, let him read the books which wise men who taught people knowledge wrote, because a great deal of advice stands written on most things in ancient books.

notes: Sts 56-7 paraphrase the preface to Book II of the Disticha. The present st. corresponds roughly to the two opening ll.: (Praefatio Libri II/1-2) Telluris si forte velis cognoscere cultus / Vergilium legito; quodsi mage nosse laboras... ‘If by chance you want to learn about tilling the soil, read Virgil; but if you seek to know rather...’; and l. 10: Ergo ades, et quae sit sapientia disce legendo ‘So come closer and learn by reading what wisdom is’. The reference to Virgil is to his treatise on agriculture, the Georgics. Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) has two sts here, with the second (his st. 58) incomplete and based on 624: [þvít] á fornum bókum | stendr til flests ráð, which he translates ti i gamle bøger står der råd for alt ‘for in old books there stands advice for everything’.

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: [C. E/5]. Hugsvinnsmál 56-7 (AII, 180; BII, 195); Skald II, 102, 107, NN §2591; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 16, Gering 1907, 16, Tuvestrand 1977, 102-3, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 66.

sources

Lbs 1199 4°x (1199x) 73r, 27 - 73r, 29  transcr.  image  image  
AM 148 8vox (148x*) 245v, 6 - 245v, 10  transcr.  
AM 624 4° (624) 143, 16 - 143, 18  transcr.  image  
AM 148 8vox (148x*) 72r, 10 - 72r, 13  transcr.  
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