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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 79VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 79’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 408.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Margsnotr maðr,        sá er fyrir meinum verðr,
        láti sinn eigi hryggja hug;
góðs at vænta        skal gumna hverr,
        þótt hann sé til dauða dæmdr.

Margsnotr maðr, sá er verðr fyrir meinum, láti eigi hryggja hug sinn; hverr gumna skal góðs at vænta, þótt hann sé dæmdr til dauða.
‘A very wise man who meets with misfortunes should not let them distress his mind; every man must expect good, although he may be sentenced to death.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. II, 25) Rebus in adversis animum submittere noli; / spem retine: spes una hominem nec morte relinquit ‘Do not lower your courage when things go wrong; keep up hope: hope alone does not desert a man, not even in death’. The phrasing of the last two ll. is very close to Hsv 34. A similar topic is dealt with in Sól 34.



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 80: AII, 184, BII, 199, Skald II, 104; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 20, Konráð Gíslason 1860, 551, Gering 1907, 22, Tuvestrand 1977, 116, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 84.


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