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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 69VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 69’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 403.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Ef þik ríkir menn        dæma rangliga,
        lát eigi þinn hryggja hug;
litla stund        fagna því lýða synir,
        ef þeir sælaz á svikum.

Ef ríkir menn dæma þik rangliga, lát eigi hryggja hug þinn; lýða synir fagna því litla stund, ef þeir sælaz á svikum.
‘If powerful men judge you wrongly, do not let it distress your mind; the sons of men rejoice in it for a short time, if they become happy from treachery.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. II, 14) Forti animo esto libens, cum sis damnatus inique: / nemo diu gaudet, qui iudice vincit iniquo ‘Be of strong mind with good will when you are wrongly accused; no one is happy for long who wins with an unjust judgement’.



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 70: AII, 183, BII, 197, Skald II, 103; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 18, Gering 1907, 20, Tuvestrand 1977, 111, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 76.


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