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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kálf Kátr 19VII/2 — alt ‘all’

Kátrín sagðiz kóngi heitin
kraftafull, þeim er alt gott skafti;
öllum neitti ófnis palla
orðum fylkis heilög skorða.
Reiðir skipaði geima glóða
græðara heims að fletta klæðum
fyrðum sínum fast að berja
falda strönd og kvelja í böndum.

Kraftafull sagðiz Kátrín heitin kóngi, þeim er alt gott skafti; heilög skorða palla ófnis neitti öllum orðum fylkis. Reiðir glóða geima skipaði fyrðum sínum að fletta strönd falda græðara heims klæðum, að berja fast og kvelja í böndum.

Full of strength Catherine said that she was betrothed to that king who created all good things; the holy prop of the benches of the serpent [GOLD > WOMAN] said no to all the words of the king. The spreader of red-hot embers of the sea [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] commanded his men to strip the beach of the headdress of the Saviour of the world [= God (= Christ) > HOLY WOMAN] of her clothes, beat her hard, and torture her in fetters.



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