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Anon Hsv 40VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 40’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 385.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál
394041

text and translation

Aura afla        skaltu á alla vegu,
        sem drengmanni dugir;
aura þinna        skaltu eigi til ónýts hafa,
        þótt þú þik vel auðgan vitir.

Skaltu afla aura á alla vegu, sem drengmanni dugir; skaltu eigi hafa aura þinna til ónýts, þótt þú vitir þik vel auðgan.
 
‘You must acquire money in all ways which befit an independent man; you must not use your money for something useless, although you know yourself [to be] very wealthy.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. I, 24) Ne tibi quid desit, quaesitis utere parce, / utque quod est serves, semper deesse putato ‘So that you will not be lacking anything, keep from using up what you have gained, and, so that you may keep what you have, always pretend to be without it’. The phrasing is paralleled in Hsv 57.

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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 40: AII, 177, BII, 192, Skald II, 100; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 13, Gering 1907, 12, Tuvestrand 1977, 93, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 54.

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