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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 78VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 78’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 407-8.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Búinn við meinum        skal bragna hverr,
        þótt gangi at óskum alt;
sterklig stríð,        trú ek, standaz megi
        hverr, er þeira bíðr búinn.

Hverr bragna skal búinn við meinum, þótt alt gangi at óskum; ek trú hverr megi standaz sterklig stríð, er þeira bíðr búinn.
‘Every man must be prepared for misfortunes, although everything goes as wished; I believe everyone can endure serious calamities who waits prepared for them.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. II, 24) Prospice qui veniant casus: hos esse ferendos; / nam levius laedit quidquid praevidimus ante ‘Foresee events that come to pass; they are to be endured; for whatever we have previously forseen wounds us more lightly’.



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 79: AII, 184, BII, 199, Skald II, 104; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 20, Gering 1907, 22, Tuvestrand 1977, 116, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 83.


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