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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 147VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 147’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 447-8.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Í ljóðum þessum        megu lýðir nema,
        þat er drengmanni dugir:
gæzku ok mildi        glæpa viðrsjá
        ráð ok rétta siðu.

Í ljóðum þessum megu lýðir nema, þat er dugir drengmanni: gæzku ok mildi, viðrsjá glæpa, ráð ok rétta siðu.
‘In this poem [lit. these poems] men may learn what helps a good man: kindness and generosity, shunning of sins, advice and correct morals.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (IV, Praefatio) Securam quicumque cupis perducere vitam / nec vitiis haerere animo, quae moribus obsint ‘Whoever you are, if you wish to lead a safe life, do not fix your mind on faults which are contrary to character’.



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 146: AII, 197, BII, 210, Skald II, 110; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 26, Gering 1907, 30, Tuvestrand 1977, 151, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 129.


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