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Anon Hsv 15VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 15’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 369-70.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál
141516

text and translation

Af afli þínu        vertu óhræsinn,
        ok launa þú góðu gott;
annars eign        girnztu aldrigi;
        unn, þeim er elskar þik.

Vertu óhræsinn af afli þínu, ok launa þú góðu gott; girnztu aldrigi annars eign; unn, þeim er elskar þik.
 
‘Do not be boastful about your strength, and return good with good; never desire somebody else’s property; love the one who loves you.

notes and context

Lat. parallels: (sent. 48) nihil arbitrio virium feceris ‘do not do anything with the authority of force’; (sent. 50) benefici accepti esto memor ‘remember a benefit [you have] received’; (sent. 54) alienum noli concupiscere ‘do not covet what belongs to someone else’; (sent. 56) libenter amorem ferto ‘show affection freely’.

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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 15: AII, 171, BII, 188, Skald II, 98, NN §3266B Anm.; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 9, Gering 1907, 4-5, Tuvestrand 1977, 79, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 34.

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