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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, 370

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16 — Anon Hsv 16VII

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Cite as: Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 16’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 370.

Fámálugr þú vert,        er með fyrðum kemr
        ok at sumblum sitr;
annan fýsa
        skaltu eigi illra hluta;
        mæl þú gott ok ger.

Vert þú fámálugr, er kemr með fyrðum ok sitr at sumblum; skaltu eigi fýsa annan illra hluta; mæl þú ok ger gott.

Be reticent when you come among men and sit at banquets; you must not encourage another [to do] bad things; speak and do good.

Mss: 1199ˣ(72r), 720a IV(1r), 723aˣ(77) (l. 6), 696XV(1r), 624(141)

Readings: [1] málugr: ‘[...]’ 696XV;    vert: ver 696XV    [2] er: er þú 624    [3] sumblum: sumlu 720a IV, samkundum 696XV, samkundu 624;    sitr: ‘sit[...]’ 696XV    [4] annan fýsa: ‘[...]ann [...]’ 696XV    [5] skaltu: þú skaltu 720a IV, ‘[...]’ 696XV    [6] mæl: ‘[...]’ 723aˣ, annaz 624

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], [C. E/5]. Hugsvinnsmál 16: AII, 171, BII, 188, Skald II, 98, NN §3266B Anm.; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 9, Gering 1907, 5, Tuvestrand 1977, 79, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 35.

Notes: [All]: Lat. parallels: (sent. 51) pauca in convivio loquere ‘say few words at a banquet’; (sent. 55) illud adgredere quod iustum est ‘undertake what is rightful’. A similar topic is dealt with in Hsv 104. In ON-Icel. literature it seems to have been common advice to be cautious among strangers and to listen carefully before speaking oneself. Cf. for instance Hávm 27 and Sól 19. — [6] mæl ‘speak’: The main ms. reading does not correspond to the Lat. text, whereas the reading of 624 (annaz ‘concern yourself with, take care of’) is closer to the Lat.

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