Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál, 67 [Vol. 7, 402]

[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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