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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
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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.

Mss: 1199ˣ(73v), 624(144)

Readings: [2] skal eigi: skyldi 624    [3] mjök: eigi 624    [4] þat gera þeir: þeir þat gera 624    [5] göfgir þykkjaz: ógegnir eru 624    [6] vilja: vilja þó 624

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

Notes: [All]: 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.

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 72’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 404-5.
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