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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

III. Málsháttakvæði (Mhkv) - 30

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5: Málsháttakvæði (‘Proverb poem’) — Anon MhkvIII

Roberta Frank 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Málsháttakvæði’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1213.

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði, Et orknøsk(?) digt, omkr. 1200. (AII, 130-6, BII, 138-45)

SkP info: III, 1237

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23 — Anon Mhkv 23III

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Cite as: Roberta Frank (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði 23’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1237.

Jafnan segir inn ríkri ráð;
rǫskvir menn gefa ǫrnum bráð;
upp at eins er ungum vegar;
engi maðr er roskinn þegar.
Falls er ván at fornu tré;
fleira þykkir gótt, en sé;
auðsénna er annars vamm;
engi kømsk of skapadœgr framm.

Jafnan segir inn ríkri ráð; rǫskvir menn gefa ǫrnum bráð; upp at eins er ungum vegar; engi maðr er þegar roskinn. Er ván falls at fornu tré; fleira þykkir gótt, en sé; vamm annars er auðsénna; engi kømsk framm of skapadœgr.

The more powerful always offers advice; valiant men give raw meat to eagles; only up is the young man’s path; no person is at once fully grown. There is expectation of a fall from an old tree; more seems good than may be; the blemish of another is more easily seen; no one goes beyond his fated day.

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 23 (AII, 135; BII, 143-4); Skald II, 77; Möbius 1874, 10, Wisén 1886-9, I, 76.

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GKS 2367 4° (R) 55r, 18 - 55r, 20 (Mhkv)  transcr.  image  image  image  
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