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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 82VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 82’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 410.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Áts né drykkju        neyt þú aldrigi,
        svát þitt minkiz megn;
afl ok heilsu        þarft þú við alt at hafa;
        lif þú eigi mart at munúð.

Neyt þú aldrigi áts né drykkju, svát megn þitt minkiz; þú þarft at hafa afl ok heilsu við alt; lif þú eigi mart at munúð.
‘Never enjoy eating nor drinking to such an extent that your strength decreases; you need to have strength and health for everything; do not live [too] much for pleasure.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. II, 28) Fortius ut valeas, interdum parcior esto: / pauca voluptati debentur, plura saluti ‘Be more forceful so that you may be strong, occasionally be more sparing. A few things are owed to pleasure, more to health’. The topic of eating too much is dealt with in Hávm 20. — [4-5]: 624’s reading of these ll. is possibly closer to the Lat.: til álfs [i.e. afls] ok heils | þarftu eigi alt at hafa ‘you do not need to have everything for strength and good fortune’.



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 83: AII, 185, BII, 199, Skald II, 104; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 21, Konráð Gíslason 1860, 551, Gering 1907, 23, Tuvestrand 1977, 118, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 86.


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