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Kálf Kátr 17VII/3 — spennir ‘clasper’

Heyr þú, blessaðr himna dýrðar
— heita skal eg nú á þig — veitir;
græðari minn og guðdóms spennir,
gief mier viðkvæmilig orð til stefja.
Stendr og sitr til hægri handar
heilög Máría aldar deili;
mildingr skipar nú mána foldar
mæstr Kátrínu henni hið næsta.

Heyr þú, blessaðr veitir dýrðar himna; eg skal nú heita á þig; græðari minn og spennir guðdóms, gief mier orð viðkvæmilig til stefja. Heilög Máría stendr og sitr til hægri handar deili aldar; mæstr mildingr foldar mána skipar nú Kátrínu hið næsta henni.

Listen, blessed provider of the glory of the heavens [= God], I shall now call upon you; my Saviour and clasper of the Godhead [= God], give me words suitable for a refrain. 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.


[3] spennir guðdóms ‘clasper of the Godhead’: Spennir ‘clasper’, is frequently the base-word of a kenning for a generous man, if linked with the determinant ‘gold’.



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