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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
676869

Öfund ok þrætur        skal ýta hverr
        forðaz, sem mest megi;
þvít öfundsamt hjarta        mæða ofrtregar,
        ok eigi hann satt um sér.

Hverr ýta skal forðaz öfund ok þrætur, sem mest megi, þvít ofrtregar mæða öfundsamt hjarta, ok hann um sér eigi satt.

Every man must flee envy and disputes as much as he can, because too many sorrows exhaust the envious heart and he does not see the truth.

Mss: 1199ˣ(73v)

Editions: Skj AII, 182-3, Skj BII, 197, Skald II, 103; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 18, Gering 1907, 19, Tuvestrand 1977, 110, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 75.

Notes: [All]: 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.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Tuvestrand, Birgitta, ed. 1977. Hugsvinnsmál: Handskrifter och kritisk text. Lundastudier i nordisk språkvetenskap A:29. Lund: Carl Blom.
  4. Hermann Pálsson, ed. 1985a. Áhrif Hugsvinnsmála á aðrar fornbókmenntir. Studia Islandica/Íslensk Fræði 43. Reykjavík: Menningarsjóður.
  5. Gering, Hugo, ed. 1907. Hugsvinnsmál. Eine altisländische Übersetzung der Disticha Catonis. Kiel: Lipsius & Tischer.
  6. Hallgrímur Scheving, ed. 1831. Hugsvinnsmál, ásamt þeirra látinska frumriti. Skóla hátið. Viðeyar Klaustri: prentuð af Helga Helgasyni, á kostnað Bessastaða Skóla.
  7. Internal references
  8. Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 64’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 400.
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