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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 84VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 84’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 411.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Dagráðs leita        þarf eigi til dugnaðar,
        sá er vill heilindi hafa;
stundir eigi ráða,        þótt komi stríð um her;
        allar eru tíðir trúar.

Sá er vill hafa heilindi, þarf eigi leita dagráðs til dugnaðar; stundir ráða eigi, þótt stríð komi um her; allar tíðir eru trúar.
‘He who wants to have good health need not look for a convenient time for aid; hours do not determine whether strife spreads among the population; all times are appropriate.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. II, 30) Sit tibi praecipue, quod primum est, cura salutis: / tempore ne culpes, cum sit tibi causa doloris ‘Let your health, which is foremost, be your main concern, nor blame the occasion, when you yourself are the cause of pain’.


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 85: AII, 185, BII, 200, Skald II, 104; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 21, Gering 1907, 23, Tuvestrand 1977, 119, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 87.


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