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Anon Hsv 52VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 52’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 392-3.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál
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Fyrir ‘to’

fyrir (prep.): for, before, because of

[1] Fyrir: ‘[...]’ 401ˣ

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vægja ‘to yield’

1. vægja (verb): yield

[1] vægja: vægum 624

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samir ‘befits’

2. sama (verb): befit

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þótt ‘although’

þó (adv.): though

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megir ‘may be capable’

mega (verb): may, might

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hafa ‘to have’

hafa (verb): have

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Lat. parallels: (Dist. I, 34) Vincere cum possis, interdum cede sodali, / obsequio quoniam dulces retinentur amici ‘When you are able to win, now and again give in to a friend, since good friends are kept by giving in’; (Dist. I, 38) Quem superare potes, interdum vince ferendo, / maxima enim morum semper patientia virtus ‘Conquer the one you can overcome now and again with tolerance, for the greatest virtue in behaviour is always patience’. The first two ll. echo Hsv 28.

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