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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 71VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 71’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 404.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Sjálfan sik        skal eigi seggja hverr
        lasta mjök né lofa;
þat gera þeir,        er göfgir þykkjaz
        ok vilja heims skraut hafa.

Hverr seggja skal eigi lasta né lofa mjök sjálfan sik; þeir, er göfgir þykkjaz ok vilja hafa heims skraut, gera þat.
‘Every man must neither blame nor praise himself a lot; those who seem noble and want to have the finery of the world do that.

notes and context

Lat. parallels: (Dist. II, 16) Nec te conlaudes nec te culpaveris ipse: / hoc faciunt stulti, quos gloria vexat inanis ‘Neither praise nor blame yourself; this foolish people do, whom empty fame troubles’. Modesty is also dealt with in Hsv 72 and 127.



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 72: AII, 183, BII, 197, Skald II, 103; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 19, Konráð Gíslason 1860, 551, Gering 1907, 20, Tuvestrand 1977, 112, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 78.


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