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Anon Hsv 93VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 93’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 416.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál
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text and translation

Eigi skaltu hlæja,        ef þú vilt horskr vera,
        at annars óförum;
opt þeir hefnaz,        er hlegnir eru,
        ok gjalda líku líkt.

Skaltu eigi hlæja at annars óförum, ef þú vilt vera horskr; þeir hefnaz opt, er hlegnir eru, ok gjalda líku líkt.
 
‘You must not laugh at another’s ill-luck, if you want to be wise; they who are laughed at often take revenge and repay like with like.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. III, 7) Alterius factum ac dictum ne carpseris umquam, / exemplo simili ne te derideat alter ‘Never criticise the saying or deed of another, lest the other man deride you in similar fashion’. — [4-5]: These ll. are similar to st. 56/4-5. A similar topic is dealt with in st. 121. Cf. also Hávm 132/5-7 (NK, 38): at háði né hlátri | hafðu aldregi | gest né ganganda ‘never hold up to scorn or mockery a guest or a wanderer’ (Larrington 1996, 33).

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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 94: AII, 187, BII, 201, Skald II, 105; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 23, Gering 1907, 26, Tuvestrand 1977, 123, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 93.

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