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Anon Hsv 62VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 62’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 398-9.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

láni ‘benefits’

lána (verb): [benefits]

[1] láni: hann 624


fagni ‘rejoice’

fagna (verb; °-að-): welcome, rejoice

[2] fagni: fagna 624


ok ‘and’

3. ok (conj.): and, but; also

[3] ok: om. 624


hafi ‘have’

hafa (verb): have


eigi ‘not’

3. eigi (adv.): not

[3] eigi: eigi maðr 624


í ‘in’

í (prep.): in, into

[4] í: opt í 624


haldaz ‘stay safe’

halda (verb): hold, keep


lengi ‘for a long time’

lengi (adv.): for a long time


er ‘which’

2. er (conj.): who, which, when

[6] er síðan: þau er 624


síðan ‘later’

síðan (adv.): later, then

[6] er síðan: þau er 624


brýtr ‘wrecks’

brjóta (verb; °brýtr; braut, brutu; brotinn): to break, destroy

[6] brýtr hregg: hregg brýtr 624


hregg ‘a storm’

hregg (noun n.): storm

[6] brýtr hregg: hregg brýtr 624


í ‘at’

í (prep.): in, into

[6] í: so 624, ór 1199ˣ


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Lat. parallel: (Dist. II, 6) Quod nimium est fugito, parvo gaudere memento: / tuta mage est puppis, modico quae flumine fertur ‘Flee that which is excessive; remember to rejoice in small things; that craft is safer which is borne on a small stream’. Both versions render the Lat. distich equally well, but the text in 624 seems somewhat corrupt.


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