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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 77VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 77’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 407.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Optlig mein        skal maðr eigi illa bera,
        ef hann er vítis verðr.

Maðr skal eigi bera optlig mein illa, ef hann er verðr vítis.
‘A man must not bear frequent misfortunes badly, if he is deserving of punishment.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. II, 23) Successus pravos noli tu ferre moleste: / indulget fortuna malis, ut laedere possit ‘Do not take badly unworthy successes; fortune indulges the evil that it may wound them’. These ll. are recorded in 1199ˣ together with some other sts which fall outside the usual order of the disticha. This st. is included here in accordance with the order in 624 and the Lat. text.


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 78/1-3: AII, 184, BII, 198-9, Skald II, 104; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 25, 34, Gering 1907, 28, 27, Tuvestrand 1977, 115, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 81-2.


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