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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál, 12 [Vol. 7, 367-8]

[All]: Lat. parallels: (sent. 26) libros lege ‘read books’; (sent. 38) litteras disce ‘study literature’; (sent. 39) bono benefacito ‘do good to a good man’; (sent. 25) meretricem fuge ‘avoid a prostitute’; (sent 40) tute consule ‘give safe advice’. Two mss have nem ‘learn’ (l. 2) (so Skj B and Skald), and the Lat. parallels have more to do with learning than teaching. The importance of education is also mentioned in Sól 49. Hávm 118/3 parallels the illra kvenna of 1199ˣ (NK, 36).


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