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Kálf Kátr 8VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 8’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 937.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa
789

‘Undraz þarftu ei hofið með höndum’,
heilög mær talar slíkt við deili,
‘heldur líttu á himin og öldu’,
hrannar báls, ‘og sól, gjört manna.
Þjóðar, hygg þú að þessu smíði
þeingils, fylkir, helgra eingla;
mildingr skrýddi mána foldar
mannligu holdi guðdóm sannan.

Heilög mær talar slíkt við {deili {báls hrannar}}, ‘þarftu ei undraz hofið gjört með höndum manna; heldur líttu á himin og öldu og sól. Fylkir þjóðar, hygg þú að þessu smíði {þeingils helgra eingla}; {mildingr {foldar mána}} skrýddi sannan guðdóm mannligu holdi.

The holy maiden speaks thus to {the distributor {of the fire of the wave}} [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN], ‘You need not admire the temple made by the hands of men, rather look at the sky and wave and sun. King of people, consider this work {of the king of holy angels} [= God]; {the prince {of the land of the moon}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] adorned the true Godhead with human flesh.

Mss: 713(129), 399a-bˣ(5), 920ˣ(213v-214r)

Readings: [7] foldar: so 399a‑bˣ, ‘fo[...]’ 713, fold 920ˣ

Editions: Skj AII, 518, Skj BII, 571, Skald II, 314, NN §2958A, Kahle 1898, 68, 106, Sperber 1911, 44-5, 79.

Notes:

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.
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