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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 31VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 31’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 379-80.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Allan þann dugnað,        er þér annarr gerir,
        mun þú ok mörgum seg;
vinum þínum        þótt þú vel dugir,
        hirð þú eigi at hrósa því.

Allan þann dugnað, er annarr gerir þér, mun þú ok seg mörgum; þótt þú dugir vel vinum þínum, hirð þú eigi at hrósa því.
‘All that assistance which another provides you with, remember [it] and tell it to many; even if you help your friends well, do not care about praising it.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. I, 15) Officium alterius multis narrare memento, / at quaecumque aliis benefeceris ipse, sileto ‘Remember to tell many about the kindness of another, but be silent about whatever good you yourself do to others’.



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 31: AII, 174-5, BII, 190, Skald II, 99; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 12, Gering 1907, 9, Tuvestrand 1977, 88, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 46.


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