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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, 425-6

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110 — Anon Hsv 110VII

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Cite as: Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 110’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 425-6.

Aumr maðr        telr sér einskis vant,
        ef sér atvinnu á,
en inn fégjarni sýtir,
        þótt fullsælu hafi,
        ok þykkiz válaðr vera.

Aumr maðr telr sér einskis vant, ef á sér atvinnu, en inn fégjarni sýtir, þótt hafi fullsælu, ok þykkiz vera válaðr.

A poor man thinks he lacks nothing if he has means of subsistence for himself, but the avaricious person complains even if he has great wealth, and thinks he is poverty-stricken.

Mss: 1199ˣ(74v), 723aˣ(81), 624(146)

Readings: [1] Aumr: angrlauss 624    [2-3] so 723aˣ, 624, ef sér atvinnu á telr sér einskis vant 1199ˣ    [3] sér: hann 624;    á: fær 723aˣ    [4] en: om. 723aˣ;    inn gjarni: so 624, ágjarn 1199ˣ, 723aˣ    [5] þótt: þótt hann 624    [6] þykkiz: þykkiz æ 723aˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], [C. E/5]. Hugsvinnsmál 109: AII, 189, BII, 204, Skald II, 106; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 27, Gering 1907, 30, Tuvestrand 1977, 132, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 105.

Notes: [All]: Lat. parallels: (Dist. IV, 4) Dilige denarium, sed parce dilige formam. / quam nemo sanctus nec honestus captat habere ‘Love money, but love its appearance sparingly, which no one good and honest seeks to gain’; (Dist. IV, 16) Utere quaesitis opibus, fuge nomen avari; / quid tibi divitias, si semper pauper abundas ‘Make use of riches you have gained, avoid the name of miser; what use are riches to you, if you always live like a poor man?’. — [2-3]: These ll. are reversed in 1199ˣ, which produces an unmetrical reading. — [4] inn fégjarni ‘the avaricious person’: 624’s reading is preferred here to produce the correct alliteration.

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