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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

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.

Mss: 713(132), 399a-bˣ(18), 920ˣ(217r)

Readings: [5-8] so 920ˣ, abbrev. as ‘Stendr og sitr til hægri handar.’ 713, 399a‑bˣ

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

Notes: [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).

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Unger, C. R., ed. 1877. Heilagra manna søgur. Fortællinger og legender om hellige mænd og kvinder. 2 vols. Christiania (Oslo): Bentzen.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. Sperber, Hans, ed. 1911. Sechs isländische Gedichte legendarischen Inhalts. Uppsala Universitets årsskrift, filosofi, språkvetenskap och historiska vetenskaper 2. Uppsala: Akademische Buchdruckerei Edv. Berling.
  6. Wolf, Kirsten, ed. 2003. Heilagra meyja sögur. Íslenzk trúarrit 1. Reykjavík: Bókmenntafræðistofnun Háskóla Íslands.
  7. Kahle, Bernhard, ed. 1898. Isländische geistliche Dichtungen des ausgehenden Mittelalters. Heidelberg: Winter.
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