Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 135’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 440-1.
Um engar sakir skaltu aldri deila
við hygginn hal;
gjöld af guði hygg ek garpa taka
fyrir reiði rangs hugar.
Skaltu aldri deila við hygginn hal um engar sakir; ek hygg garpa taka gjöld af guði fyrir reiði rangs hugar.
You must never argue with an intelligent man for the sake of nothing; I think that bold men get repayment from God for the anger of a wrong mind.
Mss: 1199ˣ(75v), 624(147)
Readings:  Um engar: so 624, fyrir unnar 1199ˣ  deila: so 624, saka 1199ˣ  við hygginn: so 624, aldyggvan 1199ˣ  garpa taka: at gumnar taki 624  fyrir: om. 624; rangs: konungs 624
Notes: [All]: Lat. parallel: (Dist. IV, 34) Contra hominem iustum prave contendere noli: / semper enim deus iniustas ulciscitur iras ‘Do not contend wrongly against a just man; for God is always angry at unjust anger’. A similar topic is dealt with in st. 70. — [1-3]: 624’s reading is chosen here, because 1199ˣ seems corrupt: Fyrir unnar sakir | skaltu aldri saka | aldyggvan hal ‘you must never accuse a very trustworthy man on account of committed crimes’; the repetition of sakir/saka is suspect, and l. 3 lacks alliteration. Emendation to hugdyggvan hal would restore the alliteration in l. 3 (Hallgrímur Scheving has hugdyggva hali for l. 3). Skj B takes 624’s reading and emends l. 3 to við hugdyggva hali, based on Hallgrímur Scheving’s text, but in doing so blends two quite separate ms. traditions.
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