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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 17VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 17’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 371.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Allra ráða        tel ek þat einna bezt
        at göfga æztan guð;
með hreinu hjarta        skaltu á hann trúa
        ok elska af öllum hug.

Ek tel þat einna bezt allra ráða at göfga æztan guð; skaltu trúa á hann með hreinu hjarta ok elska af öllum hug.
‘I consider this the best of all advice to worship the highest God; you must believe in him with a pure heart and love him with all your mind.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. I, 1) Si deus est animus nobis ut carmina dicunt, / hic tibi praecipue sit pura mente colendus ‘If God is a spirit, as songs tell us, he is to be worshipped by you above all with a pure mind’. With this st. the translation of the Disticha proper starts.



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 17: AII, 171, BII, 188, Skald II, 98; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 9, Konráð Gíslason 1860, 549, Gering 1907, 5, Tuvestrand 1977, 80, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 35.


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