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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kálf Kátr 13VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 13’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 940.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa

text and translation

Heilög rödd tók hátt að mæla
harðla dýr við meyna skýra:
‘Kátrín, vit þú, að guðdóms gætir
gistir bjartr í þínu hjarta.
… Hörn hin bezta,
heiðna spekinga, orma leiðar;
unnar leið þú elda Nanna
alla þá til minnar hallar’.

Heilög rödd, harðla dýr, tók að mæla hátt við skýra meyna: ‘Kátrín, vit þú, að {gætir guðdóms} gistir bjartr í þínu hjarta. … {hin bezta Hörn {leiðar orma}}, heiðna spekinga; leið þú alla þá, {Nanna {elda unnar}}, til minnar hallar.
‘A holy voice, very precious, began to speak loudly to the bright maiden: ‘Catherine, know that the guardian of the Godhead [= God] resides bright in your heart. … the best Hörn <goddess> of the path of serpents [GOLD > WOMAN], the heathen sages; lead them all, Nanna <goddess> of the fires of the wave [GOLD > WOMAN], to my hall’.

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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 13: AII, 519, BII, 572, Skald II, 315, Kahle 1898, 69, 106, Sperber 1911, 46, 80.


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