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Anon Hsv 115VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 115’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 428-9.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

Fljóta ‘a quick’

2. fljótr (adj.): quick


raun ‘test’

raun (noun f.; °-ar; -ir): ordeal, proof, experience

[1, 2] raun skaltu: skaltu raun 720a IV


skaltu ‘You must’

skulu (verb): shall, should, must

[1, 2] raun skaltu: skaltu raun 720a IV


hafa ‘have’

hafa (verb): have


er ‘that’

2. er (conj.): who, which, when

[3] er: sem 720a IV, 723aˣ


er ‘which’

2. er (conj.): who, which, when

[5] er: om. 720a IV, 723aˣ


lengi ‘for a long time’

lengi (adv.): for a long time


felaz ‘have been hidden’

2. fela (verb): hide


gera ‘do’

1. gera (verb): do, make

[6] gera: gera oft 720a IV, 723aˣ


mörgum ‘many people’

2. margr (adj.; °-an): many


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Lat. parallel: (Dist. IV, 9) Quod tibi suspectum est, confestim discute, quid sit / namque solent, primo quae sunt neglecta, nocere ‘Whatever is suspect to you, immediately test what it is; for those things which are at first ignored are often accustomed to do harm’. Unusually, 1199ˣ and 624 present identical text for this st., with fairly minor variants occurring in the other mss.


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