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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 37VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 37’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 383.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Öreign þína        lát þér eigi gera
        harðan hugtrega;
minztu þess,        er þik móðir bar,
        svát þér fylgdi eigi fé.

Lát eigi öreign þína gera þér harðan hugtrega; minztu þess, er þik móðir bar, svát þér fylgdi eigi fé.
‘Do not let your destitution cause you severe heartbreak; remember this, that your mother bore you [i.e. gave birth to you] in such a way that no money came with you.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. I, 21) Infantem nudum cum te natura crearit, / paupertatis onus patienter ferre memento ‘Since nature created you as a naked infant, remember to bear the burden of poverty patiently’. The ll. of the Lat. distich are rendered in reverse order in Hsv.



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 37: AII, 176, BII, 191, Skald II, 100; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 13, Konráð Gíslason 1860, 550, Gering 1907, 11, Tuvestrand 1977, 91, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 51.


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