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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
161718

Allra ‘of all’

allr (adj.): all

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tel ‘consider’

telja (verb): tell, count

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[2]: This l. lacks alliteration in mss other than 723aˣ, so Skj B and Skald adopt the reading einna bezt, as here.

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ek ‘I’

ek (pron.; °mín, dat. mér, acc. mik): I, me

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[2]: This l. lacks alliteration in mss other than 723aˣ, so Skj B and Skald adopt the reading einna bezt, as here.

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þat ‘this’

1. sá (pron.; °gen. þess, dat. þeim, acc. þann; f. sú, gen. þeirrar, acc. þá; n. þat, dat. því; pl. m. þeir, f. þǽ---): that (one), those

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[2]: This l. lacks alliteration in mss other than 723aˣ, so Skj B and Skald adopt the reading einna bezt, as here.

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einna ‘the’

2. einn (pron.; °decl. cf. einn num.): one, alone

[2] einna bezt: so 723aˣ, bezt vera 1199ˣ, 624, bezt 720a IV

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[2]: This l. lacks alliteration in mss other than 723aˣ, so Skj B and Skald adopt the reading einna bezt, as here.

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bezt ‘best’

betri (adj. comp.; °superl. beztr/baztr; pos. „ góðr adj.): better, best

[2] einna bezt: so 723aˣ, bezt vera 1199ˣ, 624, bezt 720a IV

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[2]: This l. lacks alliteration in mss other than 723aˣ, so Skj B and Skald adopt the reading einna bezt, as here.

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með ‘with’

með (prep.): with

[4] með hreinu hjarta: þú 624

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[4] með hreinu hjarta ‘with a pure heart’: This reading, missing from 624, might have been influenced by Sól 3. Unna af öllum hug (or allz hugar) is found in eddic poetry esp. denoting the love of a woman for a man: cf. Grp 32/7-8; HHund II, 15/1-2, etc.

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hreinu ‘a pure’

2. hreinn (adj.; °compar. hreinari/hreinni, superl. hreinastr/hreinstr): pure

[4] með hreinu hjarta: þú 624

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[4] með hreinu hjarta ‘with a pure heart’: This reading, missing from 624, might have been influenced by Sól 3. Unna af öllum hug (or allz hugar) is found in eddic poetry esp. denoting the love of a woman for a man: cf. Grp 32/7-8; HHund II, 15/1-2, etc.

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hjarta ‘heart’

hjarta (noun n.; °-; *-u): heart

[4] með hreinu hjarta: þú 624

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[4] með hreinu hjarta ‘with a pure heart’: This reading, missing from 624, might have been influenced by Sól 3. Unna af öllum hug (or allz hugar) is found in eddic poetry esp. denoting the love of a woman for a man: cf. Grp 32/7-8; HHund II, 15/1-2, etc.

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skaltu ‘you must’

skulu (verb): shall, should, must

[5] skaltu: skalt 624

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ok ‘and’

3. ok (conj.): and, but; also

[6] ok: om. 723aˣ

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af ‘with’

af (prep.): from

[6] af: ‘[...]’ 723aˣ

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öllum ‘all’

allr (adj.): all

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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.

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