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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 20VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 20’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 372-3.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Ýmisgjarn        vertu aldrigi,
        ok sáttr vertu við sjálfan þik;
seggjum öngum        verðr samhuga,
        ef hann er sundrþykkr við sik.

Vertu aldrigi ýmisgjarn, ok vertu sáttr við þik sjálfan; verðr samhuga öngum seggjum, ef hann er sundrþykkr við sik.
‘Never be wayward, and be at peace with yourself; [one] comes to agreement with no-one, if he is not in agreement with himself.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. I, 4) Sperne repugnando tibi tu contrarius esse: / conveniet nulli, qui secum dissidet ipse ‘Strongly avoid being contrary to yourself; he agrees with no one who disagrees with himself’.



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 20: AII, 173, BII, 189, Skald II, 98, NN §3266B Anm.; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 10, Konráð Gíslason 1860, 549, Gering 1907, 6, Tuvestrand 1977, 82, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 37.


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