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Anon Hsv 124VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 124’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 434-5.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál
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ef ‘if’

3. ef (conj.): if

[2] ef: þar 723aˣ, er 624

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með ‘among’

með (prep.): with

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hölðum ‘men’

hǫlðr (noun m.; °-s; -ar): man

[3] hölðum: hölda 624

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af ‘through’

af (prep.): from

[4] af: þvíat af of 624

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kennaz ‘are known’

kenna (verb): know, teach

[4] kennaz: kynnaz 723aˣ, 624

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hagir ‘the affairs’

1. hagr (noun m.; °-s; -ir): situation, condition

[5] hagir: hugir 723aˣ, 624

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er ‘who’

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

[6] er: so 723aˣ, 624, om. 1199ˣ

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þegir ‘keeps silent’

þegja (verb): be silent

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Lat. parallel: (Dist. IV, 20) Perspicito cuncta tacitus, quid quisque loquatur: / sermo hominum mores et celat et indicat idem ‘Look silently upon all things that people say; the speech of men both hides and reveals their ways’. For the first half there is a parallel in content in Hávm 7 (cf. st. 104).

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