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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, 413

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87 — Anon Hsv 87VII

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Cite as: Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 87’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 413.

Manndáð meiri
getr eigi fyrir mold ofan,
en kenna góð ráð gum*um;
ódyggt líf
mundu ýtar hafa,
ef bætti engi yfir.

 

There is no greater act of prowess on earth than to teach men good advice; people would have a worthless life if nobody were to improve it.

notes: Lat. parallel: (Dist. III, 1a) Fortunae donis semper par esse memento: / non opibus bona fama datur, sed moribus ipsis ‘Always remember to be equal to the gifts of Fortune; a good reputation is given not on account of riches, but because of [one’s] conduct’. The Lat. distich is a variant of III, 1 and the translation here is likewise a variant of st. 86.

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: [C. E/5]. Hugsvinnsmál 88 (AII, 186; BII, 200); Skald II, 104; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 22, Konráð Gíslason 1860, 551-2, Gering 1907, 24, Tuvestrand 1977, 120, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 89.

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Lbs 1199 4°x (1199x) 74r, 8 - 74r, 10  transcr.  image  image  
AM 624 4° (624) 145, 4 - 145, 6  transcr.  image  
AM 148 8vox (148x) 73v, 1 - 73v, 3  transcr.  
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