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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 51VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 51’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 392.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Þrælum þínum        reiðz þú eigi þungliga,
        svát þú þeim grand gerir;
þvít sjálfum sér        aflar síns skaða
        hverr, sem meiðir mann.

Reiðz þú eigi þungliga þrælum þínum, svát þú gerir þeim grand, þvít hverr, sem meiðir mann, aflar skaða síns sér sjálfum.
‘Do not become violently angry with your servants, so that you cause them an injury, because everbody who injures a man causes harm to himself.

notes and context

Lat. parallels: (Dist. I, 37) Servorum culpis cum te dolor urguet in iram, / ipse tibi moderare, tuis ut parcere possis ‘When the vexation of servants’ faults pushes you to anger, control yourself, so that you may spare your own’. The topic is also dealt with in Sól 26, albeit without the hint of social differences. From this point onwards, the ordering and preservation of the sts in 1199ˣ, 624 and eds of Hsv, departs. The present edn follows 1199ˣ for the most part, but is modified slightly on the basis of the order in 624 where that ms. follows the order of the Lat. more closely.



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 52: AII, 179-80, BII, 194, Skald II, 101, NN §2590; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 15, Gering 1907, 15, Tuvestrand 1977, 99, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 63.


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