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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 23VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 23’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 374-5.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Blíðr þú vert        en stundum bráðskapaðr,
        ef geraz þarfir þess;
vel má þat verða        at skipti vitr maðr geði,
        þótt hann lastvarr lifi.

Vert þú blíðr en stundum bráðskapaðr, ef geraz þarfir þess; þat má vel verða, at vitr maðr skipti geði, þótt hann lifi lastvarr.
‘Be friendly but sometimes of hasty disposition if it becomes necessary; it can well happen, that a wise man becomes angry, although he lives virtuously.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. I, 7) Clemens et constans, ut res expostulat, esto: / temporibus mores sapiens sine crimine mutat ‘Be constant and kind, as the case demands; the wise man changes his ways without fault as the times require’.



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 23: AII, 173, BII, 189, Skald II, 98-9; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 10, Gering 1907, 7, Tuvestrand 1977, 83, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 39-40.


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