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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kálf Kátr 48VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 48’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 961.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa

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Alla kveðr eg aldar stillis
eingla sveit, að mier skuli veita
tienað sinn, svá taki að hrynja
tárin hrein af brúnar steinum.
Ráðinn er eg nú allra að iðraz
ódáða, svá að eg fái náðir
annars heims, þá er drottinn dæmir
dýrstrar hallar þjóðir allar.

Eg kveðr alla sveit eingla {stillis aldar}, að skuli veita mier tienað sinn, svá hrein tárin taki að hrynja af {steinum brúnar}. Eg er nú ráðinn að iðraz allra ódáða, svá að eg fái náðir annars heims, þá er {drottinn dýrstrar hallar} dæmir þjóðir allar.
‘I invoke the entire host of angels of the ruler of people [= God], that it will grant me its assistance, so that pure tears begin to run from the stones of the eye-brow [EYES]. I am now determined to repent all misdeeds, so that I will receive peace in the other world, when the king of the most glorious hall [= God (= Christ)] judges all peoples.

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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 48: AII, 525-6, BII, 581, Skald II, 320, Kahle 1898, 77, 108, Sperber 1911, 54, 83.


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