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Kálf Kátr 31VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 31’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 950.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa
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‘Verð ertú’, segir drottinn dýrðar,
‘dyggust mær, á himni að byggja;
laun skaltú fyr þrautir þínar
þiggja’, slíkt kvað eingla tiggi.
‘Hræðaz þarftu ei hót nie dauða
heiðins grams nie mikla reiði;
sveitir ætla eg að senda á móti
sálu þinni eingla minna.’

‘Ertú verð, dyggust mær’, segir {drottinn dýrðar}, ‘að byggja á himni; skaltú þiggja laun fyr þrautir þínar’, slíkt kvað {tiggi eingla}. ‘Þarftu ei hræðaz hót heiðins grams nie dauða nie mikla reiði; eg ætla að senda á móti sálu þinni sveitir eingla minna’.
 
‘‘You are worthy, most virtuous maiden’, says the lord of glory [= God], ‘of dwelling in heaven; you shall receive a reward for your struggles’, thus spoke the king of angels [= God]. ‘You need not fear threats of the heathen king nor death nor great anger; I intend to send towards your soul hosts of my angels.’

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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 31: AII, 522, BII, 577, Skald II, 318, Kahle 1898, 73, 107, Sperber 1911, 50, 81.

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