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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 132VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 132’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 439.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Ill er ofdrykkja;        ferr hon eigi einsömul;
        fylgir henni mart til meins
angr ok þrætur        ok óstilt lostasemi
        sótt ok synda fjölð.

Ofdrykkja er ill; hon ferr eigi einsömul; mart til meins fylgir henni: angr ok þrætur ok óstilt lostasemi, sótt ok fjölð synda.
‘Too much drinking is bad; it does not come alone; much harm accompanies it: grief and quarrels and unsatisfied carnal lust, sickness and a multitude of sins.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. IV, 30) Cum Venere et Baccho vis est et iuncta voluptas: quod lautum est, animo complectere, sed fuge lites ‘Between Venus and Bacchus there is both struggle and pleasure; embrace that which is pleasant in your mind; but avoid the strife’. The warning not to drink too much is also expressed in st. 116. Cf. the commentary there. Once again, the Icel. poet avoids mentioning classical deities.



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 132: AII, 194, BII, 207-8, Skald II, 109; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 31, Gering 1907, 36, Tuvestrand 1977, 144, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 120.


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