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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 83VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 83’ 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

Alþýðuróm        lasta þú aldrigi,
        þann er lýðir lofa;
öngum sá hugnar,        er öllum vill
        gagnmálugr geraz.

Lasta þú aldrigi alþýðuróm, þann er lýðir lofa; sá hugnar öngum, er vill geraz öllum gagnmálugr.
‘Never blame general acclamation which people praise; he who wants to become the opponent of everyone pleases nobody.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. II, 29) Iudicium populi numquam contempseris unus, / ne nulli placeas, dum vis contemnere multos ‘Never despise public opinion on your own, lest you please no one when you want to slight many’.



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 84: AII, 185, BII, 199-200, Skald II, 104; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 21, Konráð Gíslason 1860, 551, Gering 1907, 23, Tuvestrand 1977, 118, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 87.


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