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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 144VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 144’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 445-6.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Ódyggra manna        skaltu aldrigi
        fagna bráðum bana;
hitt er sýnna,        at sælir munu
        dyggvir menn, þótt deyi.

Skaltu aldrigi fagna bráðum bana ódyggra manna; hitt er sýnna, at dyggvir menn munu sælir, þótt deyi.
‘You must never rejoice at the sudden death of wicked men; it is obvious that worthy men will [be] blessed when they die.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. IV, 46) Morte repentina noli gaudere malorum: / felices obeunt quorum sine crimine vita ‘Do not rejoice at the sudden death of evil-doers; happy die those whose life [is] without blemish’. The topic of gloating is also dealt with in Hsv 35.



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 144: AII, 196-7, BII, 209-10, Skald II, 110; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 33, Konráð Gíslason 1860, 552, Gering 1907, 39, Tuvestrand 1977, 150, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 128.


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