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Anon Hsv 49VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 49’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 390-1.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál
484950

text and translation

Þjarka eða þræta        skaltu eigi við þína liða;
        heldr skaltu væginn vera;
sanna elsku        gerir samþykki,
        en þverúð af þrætum vex.

Skaltu eigi þjarka eða þræta við liða þína; skaltu heldr vera væginn; samþykki gerir sanna elsku, en þverúð vex af þrætum.
 
‘You must not dispute or argue with your followers; you should rather be balanced; concord makes true love, but discord grows from disputes.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. I, 36) Litem inferre cave cum quo tibi gratia iuncta est, / ira odium generat, concordia nutrit amorem ‘Beware of starting a fight with someone who is closely joined to you; anger brings about hatred; harmony nourishes love’. A similar topic is dealt with in Hsv 7.

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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 49: AII, 179, BII, 193-4, Skald II, 101; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 50, Gering 1907, 15, Tuvestrand 1977, 98, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 62.

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