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Anon Hsv 72VII

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.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

skyldi ‘should’

skulu (verb): shall, should, must

[2] skyldi maðr: vertu 624


maðr ‘A man’

maðr (noun m.): man, person

[2] skyldi maðr: vertu 624


nema ‘unless’

2. nema (conj.): unless

[3] nema: unz 624


opt ‘often’

opt (adv.): often


ef ‘if’

3. ef (conj.): if

[6] ef: at 624


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Lat. parallels: (Dist. II, 18) Insipiens esto, cum tempus postulat ipsum, / stultitiam simulare loco, prudentia summa est ‘Be foolish when the occasion demands; to feign stupidity is at times the highest prudence’. For similar phrasing cf. Hávm 6/1-2 (NK, 18): At hyggiandi sinni | scylit maðr hrœsinn vera ‘about his intelligence no man should be boastful’ (Larrington 1996, 15). This st. is included considerably further on in 1199ˣ, with other sts that seem very much out of order (29, 66). Its inclusion here follows 624 and the Lat. text.


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