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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kálf Kátr 1VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 1’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 932-3.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa

text and translation

Drottinn, gief þú, dýrr, að eg mætta
dæmistóls, í hróðri sæma
alhreinasta ambátt þína,
Jésús Kristr, af mærðar húsi.
Þar næst beiði * milda móður
mána þeingils frægs og eingla
eg nú hljóðs, að oss skuli mýkja
arfa Halls, svá stirðni valla.

{Dýrr drottinn dæmistóls}, Jésús Kristr, gief þú, að eg mætta sæma alhreinasta ambátt þína í hróðri af {húsi mærðar}. Þar næst beiði * eg nú {milda móður {frægs þeingils mána}} og eingla hljóðs, að skuli mýkja oss, arfa Halls, svá stirðni valla.
‘Glorious Lord of the judgement seat [= God (= Christ)], Jesus Christ, grant that I might honour your very purest handmaid in praise from the house of encomium [MOUTH]. After that I now ask the gentle mother of the famous king of the moon [= God (= Christ) > = Mary] and the angels for a hearing, that they will make it easier for us [me], the heir of Hallur, so that it hardly becomes difficult.

notes and context

This st., with sts 2 and 3, form a conventional opening to a religious drápa, in which the poet calls upon Christ, the Virgin Mary and a host of other sacred beings for help in praising S. Catherine.



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 XIV], [B. 11]. Katrínar drápa 1: AII, 516-17, BII, 569, Skald II, 312, NN §1774; Jón Þorkelsson 1888, 235, Kahle 1898, 67, 105, Sperber 1911, 43, 77.


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