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VII. Hugsvinnsmál (Hsv) - 151

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Hugsvinnsmál (‘Sayings of the Wise-Minded One’) — Anon HsvVII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Hugsvinnsmál’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 358-449.

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: [C. E/5]. Hugsvinnsmál, Isl. oversættelse af Catonis Disticha. (AII, 167-97, BII, 185-210); stanzas (if different): 51/1-3, 67/1-3 | 52 | 53/4-6 | 53/1-3, 51/4-6 | 57 | 58 | 59 | 60 | 61 | 62 | 63 | 64 | 65 | 66 | 66 | 67 | 69 | 70 | 71 | 72 | 73 | 74 | 75 | 76 | 77 | 78/1-3 | 78 [var], 78/4-6 | 79 | 80 | 81 | 82 | 83 | 84 | 85 | 86 | 87 | 88 | 90 | 91 | 92 | 93 | 94 | 95 | 96 | 102 | 103 | 104 | 105 | 106 | 107 | 108 | 109 | 110 | 111 | 112 | 114 | 115 | 116 | 117 | 118 | 119 | 120 | 121 | 122 | 123 | 124 | 125 | 126 | 127 | 128 | 129 | 136 | 137 | 138 | 140 | 141 | 142 | 146 | 147 | 148

SkP info: VII, 425

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109 — Anon Hsv 109VII

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Cite as: Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 109’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 425.

Á engum hlut
láttu þér elsku vera,
þeim er aðrir eiga;
sínu láni
skal seggja hverr
una, því er eignaz hefir.

 

Do not let there be love for you in anything which others own; every man must be content with his property, which he has acquired.

notes: Possible Lat. parallels: (Dist. IV, 1) Despice divitias si vis animo esse beatus, / quas qui suspiciunt, mendicant semper avari ‘Spurn riches, if you wish to be happy in mind, for those who admire them always beg as misers’; (Dist. IV, 2) Commoda naturae nullo tibi tempore deerunt, / si contentus eo fueris, quod postulat usus ‘Necessities from nature will never be lacking to you, if you are content with what need demands’. The topic of this st. recurs throughout the poem (cf., e.g. sts 22, 44, 96); it is therefore difficult to determine the exact equivalent among the Lat. disticha. Tuvestrand has suggested that in this and the next st. the translation of several distichs has been mingled. However, in all mss this st. and the next occur consistently in order between the translation of the end of the third book of the Disticha and distich 3 of the fourth book, which suggests Dist. IV, 1-2 are translated here, thus beginning the translation of Book IV.

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: [C. E/5]. Hugsvinnsmál 108 (AII, 189; BII, 203-4); Skald II, 106; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 31, Gering 1907, 36, Tuvestrand 1977, 132, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 104.

sources

Lbs 1199 4°x (1199x) 74v, 21 - 74v, 23  transcr.  image  image  
AM 723 a 4°x (723ax) 81, 16 - 81, 17  transcr.  image  
AM 624 4° (624) 146, 4 - 146, 5  transcr.  image  
AM 148 8vox (148x) 74r, 18 - 74r, 20  transcr.  
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