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, 402

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67 — Anon Hsv 67VII

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Cite as: Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 67’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 402.

Forlögu sinnar        skal maðr eigi frétt reka
        né um þat önn ala;
guð veit bezt,
        hverjum hann giptu ann,
        ok vita þat eigi fyrðar fyrir.

Maðr skal eigi reka frétt forlögu sinnar, né ala önn um þat; guð veit bezt, hverjum hann ann giptu, ok fyrðar vita þat eigi fyrir.

A man must not enquire about his future fate nor worry about it; God knows best to whom he grants luck and men do not know that beforehand.

Mss: 1199ˣ(73v), 624(144)

Readings: [1] Forlögu: til farsælu 624    [2] skal: þar 624;    maðr eigi: engi maðr 624;    reka: at reka 624    [3] önn ala: annála 624    [4] bezt: gerst 624    [6] ok vita: vitu 624

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], [C. E/5]. Hugsvinnsmál 69: AII, 183, BII, 197, Skald II, 103; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 18, Konráð Gíslason 1860, 551, Gering 1907, 19, Tuvestrand 1977, 110, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 75.

Notes: [All]: Lat. parallel: (Dist. II, 12) Quid deus intendat, noli perquirere sorte: / quid statuat de te, sine te deliberat ille ‘Do not seek out by divination what God intends; what he establishes for you, he determines without you’. In l. 3 there are parallels in phrasing to the third l. in the second version’s text of Hsv 38. Lines 1-3 are paralleled by Hsv 126/1-3. Cf. also Hávm 56/4-5 (NK, 25): ørlǫg sín | viti engi fyrir ‘no one may know his fate beforehand’ (Larrington 1996, 21).

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