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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, 440-1

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135 — Anon Hsv 135VII

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Cite as: Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 135’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 440-1.

Um engar sakir        skaltu aldri deila
        við hygginn hal;
gjöld af guði
        hygg ek garpa taka
        fyrir reiði rangs hugar.

Skaltu aldri deila við hygginn hal um engar sakir; ek hygg garpa taka gjöld af guði fyrir reiði rangs hugar.

You must never argue with an intelligent man for the sake of nothing; I think that bold men get repayment from God for the anger of a wrong mind.

Mss: 1199ˣ(75v), 624(147)

Readings: [1] Um engar: so 624, fyrir unnar 1199ˣ    [2] deila: so 624, saka 1199ˣ    [3] við hygginn: so 624, aldyggvan 1199ˣ    [5] garpa taka: at gumnar taki 624    [6] fyrir: om. 624;    rangs: konungs 624

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], [C. E/5]. Hugsvinnsmál 135: AII, 195, BII, 208, Skald II, 109; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 31, Gering 1907, 37, Tuvestrand 1977, 145, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 122.

Notes: [All]: Lat. parallel: (Dist. IV, 34) Contra hominem iustum prave contendere noli: / semper enim deus iniustas ulciscitur iras ‘Do not contend wrongly against a just man; for God is always angry at unjust anger’. A similar topic is dealt with in st. 70. — [1-3]: 624’s reading is chosen here, because 1199ˣ seems corrupt: Fyrir unnar sakir | skaltu aldri saka | aldyggvan hal ‘you must never accuse a very trustworthy man on account of committed crimes’; the repetition of sakir/saka is suspect, and l. 3 lacks alliteration. Emendation to hugdyggvan hal would restore the alliteration in l. 3 (Hallgrímur Scheving has hugdyggva hali for l. 3). Skj B takes 624’s reading and emends l. 3 to við hugdyggva hali, based on Hallgrímur Scheving’s text, but in doing so blends two quite separate ms. traditions.

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