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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, 1220

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6 — Anon Mhkv 6III

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Cite as: Roberta Frank (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði 6’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1220.

Fylki skal til frægðar hafa;
fregna eigum langt til gafa;
oddar gerva jarli megin;
útsker verða af bárum þvegin.
Ýmsir bjóða ǫðrum fár;
ormar skríða ór hamsi á vár;
vel hefr sá, er þat líða lætr;
langar eiga þeir bersi nætr.

Til frægðar skal hafa fylki; eigum fregna langt til gafa; oddar gerva jarli megin; útsker verða þvegin af bárum. Ýmsir bjóða ǫðrum fár; ormar skríða ór hamsi á vár; sá hefr vel, er lætr þat líða; þeir bersi eiga langar nætr.

One shall have a prince for glory; we ought to hear of a fool from far off; spears give strength to a jarl; outer skerries are washed by waves. Many offer harm to another; snakes slither from their slough in spring; he comes off well who lets it pass by; a bear and his kind have long nights.

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 6 (AII, 132; BII, 139); Skald II, 74; Möbius 1874, 4, Wisén 1886-9, I, 73-4.

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GKS 2367 4° (R) 54v, 15 - 54v, 16 (Mhkv)  transcr.  image  image  image  
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