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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

III. Málsháttakvæði (Mhkv) - 30

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, 1240

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27 — Anon Mhkv 27III

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Cite as: Roberta Frank (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði 27’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1240.

Gullormr á sér brennheitt ból;
bjartast skínn í heiði sól;
undrum þykkir gagnsætt gler;
glymjandi fellr hrǫnn of sker.
Allar girnask ár í sjá;
ekki er manni verra en þrá;
fýsa munk ins fyrra vara;
flestr mun sik til nǫkkurs spara.

Gullormr á sér brennheitt ból; sól skínn bjartast í heiði; gler þykkir undrum gagnsætt; hrǫnn fellr glymjandi of sker. Allar ár girnask í sjá; ekki er manni verra en þrá; munk fýsa ins fyrra vara; flestr mun spara sik til nǫkkurs.

The gold-serpent has for itself a burning-hot den; the sun shines brightest in a cloudless sky; glass seems wondrously transparent; the wave falls roaring over the skerry. All rivers yearn to run to the sea; nothing is worse for a man than longing; I shall urge prior caution; most men will save themselves for something.

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 27 (AII, 135-6; BII, 144-5); Skald II, 77-8; Möbius 1874, 11, Wisén 1886-9, I, 76.

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GKS 2367 4° (R) 55r, 28 - 55r, 30 (Mhkv)  transcr.  image  image  image  
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