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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, 1219

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4 — Anon Mhkv 4III

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Cite as: Roberta Frank (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði 4’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1219.

Ró skyldu menn reiði gefa;
raunlítit kømsk opt á þrefa;
gagarr er skaptr, þvít geyja skal;
gera ætlak mér létt of tal.
Verit hafði mér verra í hug;
var þat nær sem kveisu flug;
jafnan fagnar kvikr maðr kú;
kennir hins, at gleðjumk nú.

Menn skyldu gefa reiði ró; raunlítit kømsk opt á þrefa; gagarr er skaptr, þvít skal geyja; ætlak gera mér létt of tal. Hafði mér verit verra í hug; var þat nær sem flug kveisu; kvikr maðr fagnar jafnan kú; kennir hins, at gleðjumk nú.

Men should give rest to their wrath; often a very little thing occasions strife; a dog is shaped for barking; I intend to make my speech lighthearted. Something worse had been in my mind; it was almost like the pain of a boil; the living man always rejoices in a cow; it is clear that I am cheering up now.

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 4 (AII, 131; BII, 139); Skald II, 74, NN §3270; Möbius 1874, 4, Wisén 1886-9, I, 73.

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GKS 2367 4° (R) 54v, 9 - 54v, 11 (Mhkv)  transcr.  image  image  image  
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