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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kálf Kátr 2VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 2’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 933.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa

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Orð temi mier, sá er skjöldung skírði
skýja tjalls, og spámenn allir,
prófetar Krists og postular mæstir
pínuð drótt með eldi og sóttum.
Frægar, bið eg, að mier ljái meyjar
mælsku gnótt, þá er efldi dróttinn;
öll sveit styrki eingla stillis
* óðsemjanda drápu að fremja.

Temi mier orð, sá er skírði {skjöldung {tjalls skýja}}, og allir spámenn, prófetar Krists og postular mæstir, drótt pínuð með eldi og sóttum. Bið eg, að frægar meyjar ljái mier gnótt mælsku, þá er dróttinn efldi; styrki öll sveit eingla stillis * óðsemjanda að fremja drápu.
‘Guide my words, he who baptised the king of the tent of the clouds [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)] and all soothsayers, Christ’s prophets and greatest Apostles, people tormented by fire and illness. I ask that famous maidens lend me an abundance of eloquence, which the Lord strengthened; may the entire host of the ruler’s angels assist the composer of poetry in completing a drápa.

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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 2: AII, 517, BII, 569, Skald II, 312-13; NN §§1775, 3382A, B, Kahle 1898, 67, 105, Sperber 1911, 43, 78.


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