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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 59VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 59’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 397.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Áhyggju bera        skaltu fyrir öngum hlut,
        þeim er leynir guð gum*a,
þvít himneska skepnu        megu eigi höldar vita,
        þeir er á jörðu búa.

Skaltu bera áhyggju fyrir öngum hlut, þeim er guð leynir gum*a, þvít höldar, þeir er á jörðu búa, megu eigi vita himneska skepnu.
‘You must not be concerned about anything which God conceals from men, because men who live on earth cannot know heavenly creation.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. II, 2) Mitte arcana dei caelumque inquirere quid sit, / [An di sint caelumque regant, ne quaere doceri] / cum sis mortalis quae sunt mortalia cura ‘Avoid asking what are the secret things of God and heaven; [do not seek to be told whether gods exist and rule the heaven] since you are human, worry about human things’.



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


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