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Anon Hsv 96VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 96’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 417-18.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál
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þótt ‘although’

þó (adv.): though

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skapaðr ‘cause’

2. skapa (verb): form

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huggar ‘comfort’

hugga (verb): comfort

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sæll ‘fortunate’

sæll (adj.): happy, blessed

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[6]: This l. seems to be a variant of a common saying in Icel. Cf. Hávm 9/1-3 (NK, 18): Sá er sæll, | er siálfr um á | lof oc vit, meðan lifir ‘That man is fortunate who, in himself, keeps his reputation and wits while he lives’ (Larrington 1996, 15). There is similar phrasing in Sól 49.

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er ‘is’

2. vera (verb): be, is, was, were, are, am

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[6]: This l. seems to be a variant of a common saying in Icel. Cf. Hávm 9/1-3 (NK, 18): Sá er sæll, | er siálfr um á | lof oc vit, meðan lifir ‘That man is fortunate who, in himself, keeps his reputation and wits while he lives’ (Larrington 1996, 15). There is similar phrasing in Sól 49.

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‘he’

1. sá (pron.; °gen. þess, dat. þeim, acc. þann; f. sú, gen. þeirrar, acc. þá; n. þat, dat. því; pl. m. þeir, f. þǽ---): that (one), those

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[6]: This l. seems to be a variant of a common saying in Icel. Cf. Hávm 9/1-3 (NK, 18): Sá er sæll, | er siálfr um á | lof oc vit, meðan lifir ‘That man is fortunate who, in himself, keeps his reputation and wits while he lives’ (Larrington 1996, 15). There is similar phrasing in Sól 49.

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er ‘who’

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

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[6]: This l. seems to be a variant of a common saying in Icel. Cf. Hávm 9/1-3 (NK, 18): Sá er sæll, | er siálfr um á | lof oc vit, meðan lifir ‘That man is fortunate who, in himself, keeps his reputation and wits while he lives’ (Larrington 1996, 15). There is similar phrasing in Sól 49.

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sínu ‘with what he has’

3. sinn (pron.; °f. sín, n. sitt): (refl. poss. pron.)

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[6]: This l. seems to be a variant of a common saying in Icel. Cf. Hávm 9/1-3 (NK, 18): Sá er sæll, | er siálfr um á | lof oc vit, meðan lifir ‘That man is fortunate who, in himself, keeps his reputation and wits while he lives’ (Larrington 1996, 15). There is similar phrasing in Sól 49.

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unir ‘is content’

1. unna (verb): love

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[6]: This l. seems to be a variant of a common saying in Icel. Cf. Hávm 9/1-3 (NK, 18): Sá er sæll, | er siálfr um á | lof oc vit, meðan lifir ‘That man is fortunate who, in himself, keeps his reputation and wits while he lives’ (Larrington 1996, 15). There is similar phrasing in Sól 49.

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Lat. parallels: (Dist. III, 11) Rebus et in censu si non est quod fuit ante, / fac vivas contentus eo, quod tempora praebent ‘If in goods and income things are not what they were, see that you live happy with that which the times offer’; (Dist. IV, 35) Ereptis opibus noli maerere dolendo / sed gaude potius, tibi si contingat habere ‘Do not bewail grieving over stolen goods, rather be happy, if it happens that you have something [left]’. Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) takes the latter distich as the primary parallel and consequently includes this st. after his st. 135 (translating Dist. IV, 34).

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