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Anon Hsv 95VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 95’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 417.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál
949596

Gott ráð nema        skal gumna hverr,
        þótt kenni þý eða þræll;
ánauðgan mann        hygg ek opt vera
        frjálsum fróðara.

Hverr gumna skal nema gott ráð, þótt þý eða þræll kenni; ek hygg ánauðgan mann opt vera fróðara frjálsum.

Every person must take good advice, even if a female or male slave teaches it; I think an enslaved man is often wiser than a free one.

Mss: 1199ˣ(74r), 624(145)

Readings: [2] skal: skuli 624    [3] kenni: ken 624    [4] ánauðgan: so 624, óauðgan 1199ˣ

Editions: Skj AII, 187, Skj BII, 201-2, Skald II, 105; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 24, Konráð Gíslason 1860, 552, Gering 1907, 26, Tuvestrand 1977, 124, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 94.

Notes: [All]: Lat. parallel: (Dist. III, 10) Utile consilium dominus ne despice servi; / nullius sensum, si prodest, tempseris unquam ‘As a master do not despise the useful counsel of your servant [or ‘slave’]; never spurn anyone’s advice, if it is useful’.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Tuvestrand, Birgitta, ed. 1977. Hugsvinnsmál: Handskrifter och kritisk text. Lundastudier i nordisk språkvetenskap A:29. Lund: Carl Blom.
  4. Hermann Pálsson, ed. 1985a. Áhrif Hugsvinnsmála á aðrar fornbókmenntir. Studia Islandica/Íslensk Fræði 43. Reykjavík: Menningarsjóður.
  5. Gering, Hugo, ed. 1907. Hugsvinnsmál. Eine altisländische Übersetzung der Disticha Catonis. Kiel: Lipsius & Tischer.
  6. Hallgrímur Scheving, ed. 1831. Hugsvinnsmál, ásamt þeirra látinska frumriti. Skóla hátið. Viðeyar Klaustri: prentuð af Helga Helgasyni, á kostnað Bessastaða Skóla.
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