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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 102VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 102’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 421.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Unnins vítis        dyli engi maðr,
        ef veit á sik sakir;
sinna verka        mun seggja hverr
        laun með leigum taka.

Engi maðr dyli unnins vítis, ef veit sakir á sik; hverr seggja mun taka laun sinna verka með leigum.
‘No man may conceal a deserved punishment if he knows he is guilty; every man will take the reward for his deeds with interest.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. III, 17) Quod merito pateris, patienter perfer id ipsum, / cumque reus tibi sis, ispum te iudice damna ‘That which you bear deservedly, endure it patiently, and when you stand as a defendant before yourself, judge yourself strictly’. Line 3 corresponds to st. 33/6. Lines 4-6 are the same as st. 77/4-6 in 624.



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], [C. E/5]. Hugsvinnsmál 78 [var], 78/4-6: AII, 184, BII, 198-9, Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 25, Gering 1907, 27, Tuvestrand 1977, 128, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 99.


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