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Anon Hsv 68VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 68’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 402-3.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

þrætur ‘disputes’

2. þræta (verb): argue


mæða ‘exhaust’

2. mœða (verb): weary


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Lat. parallel: (Dist. II, 13) Invidiam nimio cultu vitare memento; / quae si non laedit, tamen hanc sufferre molestum ‘Remember to avoid envy with extreme care, which, even if it is not harmful, nevertheless is troublesome to endure’. The phrasing of the last l. of the Icel. text is quite close to Hsv 64/6.


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