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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, 397

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59 — Anon Hsv 59VII

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Cite as: Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 59’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 397.

Áhyggju bera        skaltu fyrir öngum hlut,
        þeim er leynir guð gum*a,
þvít himneska skepnu
        megu eigi höldar vita,
        þeir er á jörðu búa.

Skaltu bera áhyggju fyrir öngum hlut, þeim er guð leynir gum*a, þvít höldar, þeir er á jörðu búa, megu eigi vita himneska skepnu.

You must not be concerned about anything which God conceals from men, because men who live on earth cannot know heavenly creation.

Mss: 1199ˣ(73r-v), 624(143) (ll. 4-6)

Readings: [3] gum*a: gumna 1199ˣ    [4] þvít: om. 624;    skepnu: hluti 624    [5] megu: mega 1199ˣ, 624

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], [C. E/5]. Hugsvinnsmál 60: AII, 181, BII, 195, Skald II, 102; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 17, Gering 1907, 17, Tuvestrand 1977, 104, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 68.

Notes: [All]: Lat. parallel: (Dist. II, 2) Mitte arcana dei caelumque inquirere quid sit, / [An di sint caelumque regant, ne quaere doceri] / cum sis mortalis quae sunt mortalia cura ‘Avoid asking what are the secret things of God and heaven; [do not seek to be told whether gods exist and rule the heaven] since you are human, worry about human things’. — [3] gum*a ‘men’: The word is unmetrical in 1199ˣ. This emendation is found in Hallgrímur Scheving’s edn and is also adopted in Skj B. Cf. also gumn- emended to gum*- in this metrical position in sts 86/6, 87/3 (624 has gunnum), 121/3, 122/6 and 130/6. In general, the shorter, metrically correct form seems unknown to all scribes. — [5] megu ‘can’: The mss have the subj. form mega, but an indic. verb is needed here (so Skj B, Skald). — [6] er á jörðu búa ‘who live on earth’: This l. lacks alliteration in both mss. Finnur (Skj B) has þeir er í heimi hafaz ‘those who are on earth’, which derives from Hallgrímur Scheving’s edn.

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