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Kálf Kátr 9VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 9’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 937-8.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa
8910

text and translation

‘Segi eg þier, að frá Máríu meyju
mildingr frægur beraz liet hingað;
tel eg, að svá liet tiggi sólar
tírargjarn í Jórdán skíraz.
Sjálfráður á sig tók dauða
* sára písl fyr glæpi vára;
týndr var heimr af tálum fjanda;
treystir fekk hann guðdóms leystan.

‘Eg segi þier, að frægur mildingr liet beraz hingað frá Máríu meyju; eg tel, að {tírargjarn tiggi sólar} liet svá skíraz í Jórdán. Sjálfráður tók á sig dauða, * sára písl fyr glæpi vára; heimr var týndr af tálum fjanda; {treystir guðdóms} fekk hann leystan.
 
‘‘I say to you that the famous king let himself be born hither from the Virgin Mary; I tell that the fame-desirous king of the sun [= God (= Christ)] then let himself be baptised in the Jordan. At his own choice he took upon himself death, a painful torment for our misdeeds; the world was lost by the deceits of the devil; the occupier of the Godhead [= God (= Christ)] managed to release it.

notes and context

[6]: As in Sperber, Skj B and Skald, og is omitted, since all even ll. typically begin with a stressed syllable.

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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 9: AII, 518, BII, 571, Skald II, 314, NN §§2958B and C, 2959, Kahle 1898, 68, 106, Sperber 1911, 45, 79.

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