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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kálf Kátr 10VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 10’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 938.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa

text and translation

‘Jésús Kristr er drottinn drottna;
dýrka þú hann’, kvað falda Nanna,
‘föður og son bið frá þier leiða
fjandans tál og helgan anda.
Skíraz láttu, skatna stýrir’,
skorð mælti það vizku borða,
‘leyndar skaltu lýsa syndir
lærðri sveit en kasta flærðum’.

‘Jésús Kristr er drottinn drottna; dýrka þú hann’, kvað {Nanna falda}, ‘bið föður og son og helgan anda leiða frá þier fjandans tál. Láttu skíraz, {stýrir skatna}’, það mælti {skorð borða} vizku, ‘skaltu lýsa leyndar syndir lærðri sveit en kasta flærðum’.
‘‘Jesus Christ is the Lord of Lords, worship him’ spoke the Nanna <goddess> of headdresses [WOMAN], ‘ask the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit to remove from you the devil’s deceit. Let yourself be baptised, ruler of men [KING]’, this the prop of embroidery [WOMAN] spoke with wisdom, ‘you must proclaim hidden sins to the learned host and cast off falsehood’.

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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 XIV], [B. 11]. Katrínar drápa 10: AII, 518, BII, 571-2, Skald II, 314, NN §1776, Kahle 1898, 69, 106, Sperber 1911, 45, 79.


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