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Anon Hsv 61VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 61’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 398.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál
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ok ‘and’

3. ok (conj.): and, but; also

[3] ok: om. 624

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njóta ‘have benefit’

njóta (verb): enjoy, use

[4] njóta: so 624, þína 1199ˣ

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láttu ‘let’

láta (verb): let, have sth done

[5] láttu auma fira: so 624, skaltu eigi til ónýtis hafa 1199ˣ

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auma ‘poor’

aumr (adj.; °compar. -ari, superl. -astr): wretched, poor

[5] láttu auma fira: so 624, skaltu eigi til ónýtis hafa 1199ˣ

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ónýtis ‘’

ónýti (noun n.)

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fira ‘men’

firar (noun m.): men

[5] láttu auma fira: so 624, skaltu eigi til ónýtis hafa 1199ˣ

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Lat. parallel: (Dist. II, 5) Fac sumptum propere, cum res desiderat ipsa: / dandum etenim est aliquid, cum tempus postulat aut res ‘Give goods quickly when the situation demands; a thing is to be given when the time or the situation demands’. — [4-6]: Cf. Hávm 40 (NK, 23): Fiár síns, | er fengit hefr, | scylit maðr þǫrf þola; | opt sparir leiðom, | þatz hefir liúfom hugat, | mart gengr verr, enn varir ‘On account of the property which he has amassed / a man shouldn’t suffer need; / often what was meant for the lovable is saved for the hateful, / much goes worse than is expected’ (Larrington 1996, 19). — [4-6]: Lines 4-5 are the basically same as st. 54/1-2 in 1199ˣ and are probably the result of scribal error. These ll. in both mss have no parallel in the Lat. text.

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