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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 148VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 148’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 448.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Ástsamlig ráð        mun þú, einkason,
        þau er ek hefi í kvæði kent;
fræði þessi        láttu fylgja þér
        alt til endadags.

Mun þú, einkason, ástsamlig ráð, þau er ek hefi kent í kvæði; láttu fræði þessi fylgja þér alt til endadags.
‘Remember, my only son, the affectionate advice which I have taught in the poem; let this knowledge accompany you to the very last day.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (IV, Praefatio cont.) haec praecepta tibi semper retinenda memento: / invenies aliquidquod te vitare magistro † ‘Always remember that these precepts should be held fast by you; you will find something [text corrupt]’. In content and phrasing this st. is very close to Sól 81. — [1-3]: 1199ˣ’s text has metrical problems: Ástsamlig ráð | kenni ek þér, minn einkason, | þessi er ek kveðit hefi ‘I teach you affectionate advice, my only son, which I have composed’. It is also further from the Lat. than 624. Hallgrímur Scheving has the same ll. 1-2 as 1199ˣ (echoing st. 2/1-2), but er hér kveðið hefi ‘which I have composed/recited here’ for l. 3 to restore the alliteration.



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 147: AII, 197, BII, 210, Skald II, 110; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 26, Gering 1907, 29, Tuvestrand 1977, 151, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 129.


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