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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 27VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 27’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 377.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Þann dugnað veitt        vinum þínum,
        sem eigi fylgir mein til mikit;
annars illsku        láttu aldrigi
        standa þér fyrir þrifum.

Veitt vinum þínum þann dugnað, sem eigi fylgir til mikit mein; láttu aldrigi annars illsku standa þér fyrir þrifum.
‘Give your friends that [kind of] assistance which is not accompanied by too much harm; never let another’s ill will stand in the way of your wellbeing.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. I, 11) Dilige sic alios, ut sis tibi carus amicus; / sic bonus esto bonis, ne te mala damna sequantur ‘Love others in such a way that you are a dear friend to yourself; so be good to the good, so that bad losses will not happen to you’. The mutual respect among friends is also mentioned in Hsv 15. — [4-6]: These ll. have no exact equivalent in the Lat. text, but the phrasing of 1199ˣ might be interpreted as trying to render the sic bonus esto bonis ‘so be good to the good’ in the redactor’s own words.



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 27: AII, 173-4, BII, 190, Skald II, 99; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 11, Gering 1907, 8, Tuvestrand 1977, 85, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 43.


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