Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 92’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 415-16.
Höfugt erfiði ef þér at höndum kemr,
vertu glaðmæltr gumi;
fagnandi maðr neytir flest at vinna;
öll eru lostverk létt.
Ef höfugt erfiði kemr at höndum þér, vertu glaðmæltr gumi; fagnandi maðr neytir at vinna flest; öll lostverk eru létt.
‘If a difficult problem comes your way, be a cheerfully-speaking man; a joyful man manages to achieve most things; all labours of love are easy.’
Lat. parallel: (Dist. III, 6) Interpone tuis interdum gaudia curis, / ut possis animo quemvis sufferre laborem ‘Intersperse your cares now and again with joy, that you may be able to bear in your mind any kind of hardship’.
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.
hófugt Erfide ef þier ad hóndum kemur, vertu gladmælltur gume, | Fagnandi madur neiter flest ad vinna óll eru lost verk liett.
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