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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 127VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 127’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 436.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Hyggindi þína        láttu at haldi koma
        þér ok þínum vinum;
æðri sýslu        máttu eigi hafa,
        en kenna nýtt ok nema.

Láttu hyggindi þína koma at haldi þér ok vinum þínum; máttu eigi hafa æðri sýslu, en kenna ok nema nýtt.
‘Let your wisdom come to be a support for you and your friends; you cannot have a more important job than to teach and learn something useful.

notes and context

Lat. parallels: (Dist. IV, 23) Disce sed a doctis, indoctos ipse doceto: / propaganda etenim est rerum doctrina bonarum ‘Learn, but from the learned; teach the unlearned yourself; for the knowledge of good things should be spread abroad’. (Dist. IV, 27) Discere ne cessa, cura sapientia crescat: / rara datur longo prudentia temporis usu ‘Do not cease learning; taking pains increases wisdom; rarely is a long space of time given to prudence’.



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 126: AII, 193, BII, 206-7, Skald II, 108; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 34, Gering 1907, 34, Tuvestrand 1977, 141, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 116.


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