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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kálf Kátr 25VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 25’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 947.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa

text and translation

Skjöldungr veitir skýja veldis
skírðum þjóðum alt hið góða
hjartanliga á himnum björtum;
háleitr er Kristr Jésús sálum.
Stendr og sitr til hægri handar
heilög Máría aldar deili;
mildingr skipar nú mána foldar
mæstr Kátrínu henni hið næsta.

{Skjöldungr {veldis skýja}} veitir hjartanliga skírðum þjóðum á björtum himnum alt hið góða; Jésús Kristr er háleitr sálum. Heilög Máría stendr og sitr til hægri handar {deili aldar}; {mæstr mildingr {foldar mána}} skipar nú Kátrínu hið næsta henni.
‘The king of the realm of the clouds [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] sincerely grants baptised people in the bright heavens everything good; Jesus Christ is sublime towards souls. Holy Mary stands and sits at the right hand of the ruler of people [= God]; the greatest prince of the land of the moon [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] now places Catherine next to her.

notes and context

[4]: Here Kock’s suggestion (NN §§2964, 3385) is adopted, that l. 3 qualifies ll. 1-2, leaving l. 4 as a complete cl. Finnur Jónsson in Skj B takes l. 3 with l. 4.



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 25: AII, 521, BII, 575, Skald II, 317, NN §§2964, 3385, Kahle 1898, 72, 107, Sperber 1911, 48-9, 81.


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