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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
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‘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’.

Mss: 713(130), 399a-bˣ(6), 920ˣ(214r)

Readings: [2] kvað: so 399a‑bˣ, 920ˣ, ‘ku[...]’ 713

Editions: Skj AII, 518, Skj BII, 571-2, Skald II, 314, NN §1776, Kahle 1898, 69, 106, Sperber 1911, 45, 79.

Notes: [6] skorð borða ‘the prop of embroidery’: LP: borð, n. ‘board, plank, table’, lists the kenning vizku skorð borða ‘the wise woman’; so Skj B. Sperber and Kock (NN §1776) believe that borða is gen. sg. of borði, m. ‘textile, fabric, tapestry, embroidery’, and that vizku, dat. sg. of vizka, f. ‘wisdom’, serves as a modal dat. (‘with wisdom’). That interpretation is adopted here.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. LP = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1931. Lexicon poeticum antiquæ linguæ septentrionalis: Ordbog over det norsk-islandske skjaldesprog oprindelig forfattet af Sveinbjörn Egilsson. 2nd edn. Copenhagen: Møller.
  6. Sperber, Hans, ed. 1911. Sechs isländische Gedichte legendarischen Inhalts. Uppsala Universitets årsskrift, filosofi, språkvetenskap och historiska vetenskaper 2. Uppsala: Akademische Buchdruckerei Edv. Berling.
  7. Kahle, Bernhard, ed. 1898. Isländische geistliche Dichtungen des ausgehenden Mittelalters. Heidelberg: Winter.
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