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Anon Hsv 61VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 61’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 398.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

Fengins fjár        neyttu framarliga,
        ok vert þíns mildr matar;
aura njóta        láttu auma fira,
        ef geraz þarfir þess.

Neyttu framarliga fengins fjár, ok vert mildr matar þíns; láttu auma fira njóta aura, ef geraz þarfir þess.

Use valiantly the property you gained, and be generous with your food; let poor men have benefit of money if it becomes necessary.

Mss: 1199ˣ(73v), 624(143)

Readings: [2] framarliga: framliga 624    [3] ok: om. 624    [4] njóta: so 624, þína 1199ˣ    [5] láttu auma fira: so 624, skaltu eigi til ónýtis hafa 1199ˣ

Editions: Skj AII, 181, Skj BII, 196, Skald II, 102; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 17, Gering 1907, 17, Tuvestrand 1977, 105, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 70.

Notes: [All]: Lat. parallel: (Dist. II, 5) Fac sumptum propere, cum res desiderat ipsa: / dandum etenim est aliquid, cum tempus postulat aut res ‘Give goods quickly when the situation demands; a thing is to be given when the time or the situation demands’. — [4-6]: Lines 4-5 are the basically same as st. 54/1-2 in 1199ˣ and are probably the result of scribal error. These ll. in both mss have no parallel in the Lat. text.


  1. Bibliography
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  8. Larrington, Carolyne, trans. 1996. The Poetic Edda. The World’s Classics. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
  9. Internal references
  10. Not published: do not cite ()

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