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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, 1219

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5 — Anon Mhkv 5III

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Cite as: Roberta Frank (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði 5’ 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.

Alllítit er ungs manns gaman;
einum þykkir daufligt saman;
annars barn er sem úlf at frjá;
óðfúss myndi blindr at sjá.
Dýrt láta menn dróttins orð;
drekarnir rísa opt á sporð;
ǫðlingr skyldi einkar rǫskr;
œpa kann í mœrum frǫskr.

Alllítit er gaman ungs manns; daufligt þykkir einum saman; barn annars er sem úlf at frjá; óðfúss myndi blindr at sjá. Menn láta dýrt orð dróttins; drekarnir rísa opt á sporð; ǫðlingr skyldi einkar rǫskr; frǫskr kann œpa í mœrum.

It takes very little to amuse a young man; life seems dreary to one alone; to love another’s child is like cherishing a wolf; desperately would the blind one wish to see. People say a lord’s word is precious; dragons often rise up on their tail; a prince should be especially brave; a frog can croak in the marshes.

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 5 (AII, 131-2; BII, 139); Skald II, 74; Möbius 1874, 4, Wisén 1886-9, I, 73.

sources

GKS 2367 4° (R) 54v, 12 - 54v, 14 (Mhkv)  transcr.  image  image  image  
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