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Anon Hsv 58VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 58’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 396.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál
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text and translation

Ókunnum samir þér        opt at duga,
        ef þú vilt vinsæll vera;
veldi betra        þykkir vitrum hal
        at eiga víða vini.

Samir þér at duga ókunnum opt, ef þú vilt vera vinsæll; vitrum hal þykkir veldi betra at eiga víða vini.
 
‘It befits you to help an unknown man often, if you want to be popular; to a wise man it seems better than power to have friends far and wide.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. II, 1) Si potes, ignotis etiam prodesse memento: / utilius regno est, meritis adquirere amicos ‘If you can, even remember to help people you do not know; it is more beneficial than a kingdom to gain friends by kindness’.

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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 59: AII, 181, BII, 195, Skald II, 102; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 17, Konráð Gíslason 1860, 550, Gering 1907, 17, Tuvestrand 1977, 104, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 68.

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