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Kálfr Hallsson (Kálf)

14th century; volume 7; ed. Kirsten Wolf;

Kátrínardrápa (Kátr) - 51

The name of the poet of Kátrínardrápa can be deduced from sts 1, 49 and 51 as Kálfr Hallsson (Kálfr would have been Kálfur in C14th). In st. 1/8 he describes himself as ‘the son of Hallur’ (arfi Halls) and at the end of the poem gives his name in both Icelandic (Kálfr [= ‘calf’] 49/1) and Lat. (Vitulus [= Kálfur] 51/3) and says he is now a monk (frater, st. 51/4). The implication of sts 45-51 is that Kálfr had previously led a sinful secular life, but this may be stereotypical self-deprecation. The Lat. phrase Vítulus vátes ‘the poet Kálfr’ by which the poet refers to himself in st. 51/3-4 also appears in Völsungs rímur hins óborna and this has led some scholars to propose that Kálfr Hallsson was the author of both poems (see Note to st. 51). Nothing is known of Kálfr’s monastic affiliation nor his precise dates, though the mid-C14th seems a likely floruit (Vésteinn Ólason 1993, 316).

Kátrínardrápa (‘Drápa about S. Catherine’) — Kálf KátrVII

Kirsten Wolf 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 931-64.

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Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 11]. Katrínar drápa (AII, 516-26, BII, 569-82)

SkP info: VII, 961

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47 — Kálf Kátr 47VII

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Cite as: Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 47’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 961.

Heita vil eg á himna gæti
hræddr og skelfdur, að mín græddi
andar sár, því eg hefi bundið
yndi mitt við fúlar syndir.
Dýra bið eg döglings móður
dæmistóls sem heims og sólar
árnaðarorðs við hilmi hlýrna
háleitan fyr minni sálu.

Hræddr og skelfdur vil eg heita á {gæti himna}, að græddi mín sár andar, því eg hefi bundið yndi mitt við fúlar syndir. Eg bið {dýra móður {döglings dæmistóls sem heims og sólar}} árnaðarorðs fyr minni sálu við {háleitan hilmi hlýrna}.

Afraid and trembling, I want to call upon {the guardian of heaven} [= God] that he may heal my wounds of the soul, because I have taken pleasure in foul sins. I ask {the glorious mother {of the king of the judgement seat as well as of the world and the sun}} [= God (= Christ) > = Mary] for a word of intercession for my soul with {the sublime king of heavenly bodies} [= God (= Christ)].

Mss: 713(133), 399a-bˣ(25), 920ˣ(218v)

Readings: [1] vil eg á: ‘uil [...] ꜳ’ 713, vilda eg 399a‑bˣ, ‘vil (eg á)’(?) 920ˣ

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 11]. Katrínar drápa 47: AII, 525, BII, 581, Skald II, 320, NN §2958C, Kahle 1898, 77, 108, Sperber 1911, 54, 83.

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