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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 128VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 128’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 436-7.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Illa láta        skaltu yfir engum hlut,
        þeim er þú hælt hefir,
né þat lasta,        sem þú lofat hefir;
        ilt er vályndum at vera.

Skaltu láta illa yfir engum hlut, þeim er þú hefir hælt, né lasta þat, sem þú hefir lofat; vályndum er ilt at vera.
‘You must express disapproval about nothing that you have boasted about, nor deride what you have praised; it is bad to be fickle-minded.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. IV, 25) Laudaris quodcumque palam, quodcumque probaris, / hoc vide ne rursus levitatis crimine damnes ‘Praise openly whatever you have tested out; live so that you are not then accused of the crime of flightiness’.



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 127: AII, 193, BII, 207, Skald II, 108; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 30, Gering 1907, 35, Tuvestrand 1977, 141, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 117.


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