Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 1’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 361-2.
Heyri seggir, þeir er vilja at sið lifa
ok góð verk gera,
horsklig ráð, þau er heiðinn maðr
kendi sínum syni.
Seggir, þeir er vilja lifa at sið ok gera góð verk, heyri horsklig ráð, þau er heiðinn maðr kendi syni sínum.
Men who want to live with good conduct and do good works should listen to the wise advice that a heathen man taught his son.
Mss: 1199ˣ(72r), 624(140)
Readings:  Heyri: Hlýði 624  er: so 624, eð 1199ˣ; sið: lið 624; lifa: lifi 624  gera: geri 624  sínum syni: so 624, syni sínum 1199ˣ
Notes: [All]: Lat. parallel: (Epistula) Cum animadverterem quam plurimos graviter in via morum errare, succurrendum opinioni eorum et consulendum famae existimavi, maxime ut gloriose viverent et honorem contingerent ‘Since I am aware of how very many people go seriously astray in the path of morals, I thought I should come to the aid of their understanding and take their reputations into account, so that they might live with greatest glory and obtain honour’. The st. translates the first part of the introductory letter (Epistula) preceding the Lat. poem. —  ráð ‘advice’: Lit. pl.: ‘pieces of advice’. Ráð is usually used in the pl. but translated here and elsewhere in the sg. —  syni sínum ‘his son’: The 624 reading of l. 6 is more correct in ljóðaháttr, since long-stemmed disyllabic words are generally avoided in the final two positions.
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