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Anon Hsv 36VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 36’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 382-3.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál
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text and translation

Ef þér litla gjöf        gefr af léttum hug
        vinr, sá sem válaðr er,
þiggja þú skalt        ok þakklátr geraz;
        ást fylgir aums gjöfum.

Ef vinr, sá sem válaðr er, gefr þér litla gjöf af léttum hug, skalt þú þiggja ok geraz þakklátr; ást fylgir gjöfum aums.
 
‘If a friend who is poor gives you a small gift from a happy disposition, you must accept it and be grateful; love accompanies the gifts of a poor person.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. I, 20) Exiguum munus cum det tibi pauper amicus, / accipito placide, plene laudare memento ‘When your poor friend gives you a small gift, accept it happily and remember to praise [it] fully’.

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Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], [C. E/5]. Hugsvinnsmál 36: AII, 176, BII, 191, Skald II, 100; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 13, Konráð Gíslason 1860, 550, Gering 1907, 11, Tuvestrand 1977, 91, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 50.

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