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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 32VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 32’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 380.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Ungr skal venjaz        því er þarf aldraðr at hafa;
        varaztu við löst, meðan lifir;
ávítunarlaust        máttu eigi elligar
        dæma um seggja siðu.

Ungr skal venjaz því er aldraðr þarf at hafa; varaztu við löst, meðan lifir; máttu eigi elligar dæma ávítunarlaust um siðu seggja.
‘When young one must get used to what is needed when old; beware of faults while you are alive; otherwise you cannot judge men’s morals without blame.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. I, 16) Multorum cum facta senex et dicta reprendas, / fac tibi succurrant, iuvenis quae feceris ipse ‘When, having grown old, you censure the deeds and sayings of many, let those things come to your mind that you yourself did as a youth’. The content is quite similar to Has 42.



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 32: AII, 175, BII, 191, Skald II, 99; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 12, Gering 1907, 9, Tuvestrand 1977, 89, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 46/47.


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