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Kálf Kátr 36VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 36’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 953-4.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa
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‘Öllum hlutum er æðri og sælli
Jésús Kristr, en fie og listir
umgeypnandi allrar skepnu
er veitandi manni hverjum.
Hirðir blessar himna dýrðar
hljómraddaðr á efsta dómi
— sunnudagr er þá — sínum mönnum;’
svá greinir það mærin hreina.

‘Jésús Kristr er æðri og sælli öllum hlutum, en {umgeypnandi allrar skepnu} er veitandi hverjum manni fie og listir. {Hirðir dýrðar himna} blessar hljómraddaðr sínum mönnum á efsta dómi; sunnudagr er þá’; svá greinir hreina mærin það.

‘Jesus Christ is higher and more blessed than anything else, and {the holder [in his hands] of all creation} [= God] grants each man wealth and skills. {The shepherd of the glory of the heavens} [= God] blesses in a loud voice his men at the Last Judgement; it is then Sunday’; thus the pure maiden explains it.

Mss: 713(132), 399a-bˣ(20), 920ˣ(217r-v)

Readings: [5] blessar: blessaðr all

Editions: Skj AII, 523, Skj BII, 578, Skald II, 318, NN §§2963, Anm., 3397M, Kahle 1898, 74, 108, Sperber 1911, 51, 81-2.

Notes: [3] umgeypnandi allrar skepnu ‘the holder [in his hands] of all creation’: A kenning for God as pantocrator; cf. ESk Geisl 16/7-8 umgeypnandi alls heims ‘holder in his hands of all the world’. — [7] sunnudagr er þá ‘it is then Sunday’: The idea that the Last Judgement, along with many other milestones in Christian history, fell on a Sunday was part of the popular medieval ‘Sunday letter’ tradition, the subject of Anon Leið; see Leið 35 and Note.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Sperber, Hans, ed. 1911. Sechs isländische Gedichte legendarischen Inhalts. Uppsala Universitets årsskrift, filosofi, språkvetenskap och historiska vetenskaper 2. Uppsala: Akademische Buchdruckerei Edv. Berling.
  5. Kahle, Bernhard, ed. 1898. Isländische geistliche Dichtungen des ausgehenden Mittelalters. Heidelberg: Winter.
  6. Internal references
  7. Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 35’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 171.
  8. Katrina Attwood 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Leiðarvísan’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 137-78.
  9. Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Geisli 16’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 20-1.
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