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Kálf Kátr 33VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 33’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 951-2.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa
323334

text and translation

Allir tóku að undraz þollar
öglis ness, er mærin þessi
skyldi svá með skæru holdi
skína mega fyr píslum sínum.
Stendr og sitr til hægri handar
heilög Máría aldar deili;
mildingr skipar nú mána foldar
mæstr Kátrínu henni hið næsta.

{Allir þollar {ness öglis}} tóku að undraz, er mærin þessi skyldi svá skína mega með skæru holdi fyr píslum sínum. Heilög Máría stendr og sitr til hægri handar {deili aldar}; {mæstr mildingr {foldar mána}} skipar nú Kátrínu hið næsta henni.
 
‘All fir-trees of the headland of the snake [GOLD > MEN] were surprised when this maiden could so shine with a bright body despite her torments. 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

[1-4]: These ll. summarise a somewhat longer passage in the prose text, in which the emperor and his men are astonished at Catherine’s condition (Unger 1877, I, 414; Wolf 2003, 135).

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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 33: AII, 523, BII, 577, Skald, 318, NN §2961, Kahle 1898, 74, 107, Sperber 1911, 50, 81.

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