Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál, 136 [Vol. 7, 441]

[All]: Lat. parallel: (Dist. IV, 37) Tempora longa tibi noli promittere vitae: / quocumque ingrederis, sequitur mors corporis umbra ‘Do not promise yourself a long stretch of life; wherever you go death, the shadow of the body, follows’. The advice to be wary of sudden death is also given in Hsv 38. Cf. also Hávm 16 (NK, 19): Ósniallr maðr | hyggz muno ey lifa, | ef hann við víg varaz ‘The foolish man thinks he will live for ever, if he keeps away from fighting’ (Larrington 1996, 16). The same idea is expressed in Has 43.

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