Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 89’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 414.
Illa áleitni ræk þú aldrigi,
ef þú lastvarr lifir;
eigi er auðgætt, þat er öllum líki;
ger þú, svát góðr lofi.
Ræk þú aldrigi illa áleitni, ef þú lifir lastvarr; eigi er auðgætt, þat er öllum líki; ger þú, svát góðr lofi.
‘Never worry about evil rebuke if you live as a virtuous person; it is not easy [to do] what pleases everyone; behave in such a way that a good person praises [you].’
Lat. parallel: (Dist. III, 2) Cum recte vivas, ne cures verba malorum, / arbitri non est nostri, quid quisque loquatur ‘If you live rightly, do not worry about the words of bad people; it is not in our power to decide what each person says’.
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.
Jlla Aleitne | ræk þu alldrei, ef þu lastvar lifer. ei er audgiætt þad er óllum lijki, gior | þu so ad gödur lofe.
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