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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 106VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 106’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 423.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Á aura neyzlu        skaltu allri hafa
        hóf ok hagspeki;
annars þurfi        verðr sá iðugliga,
        er sínum hefr aurum amat.

Skaltu hafa hóf ok hagspeki á allri neyzlu aura; sá verðr iðugliga þurfi annars, er hefr amat aurum sínum.
‘You must have moderation and economy in all use of money; he who has squandered his money frequently becomes dependent on another.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. III, 21) Utere quaesitis, sed ne videaris abuti: / qui sua consumunt, cum deest, aliena sequentur ‘Make use of your wealth, but do not appear to waste it; those who use up their own goods, when they are gone, follow those belonging to others’.



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 105: AII, 188-9, BII, 203, Skald II, 106, NN §2590; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 25, Gering 1907, 29, Tuvestrand 1977, 130, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 102.


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