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Kálf Kátr 2VII/2 — tjalls ‘of the tent’

Orð temi mier, sá er skjöldung skírði
skýja tjalls, og spámenn allir,
prófetar Krists og postular mæstir
pínuð drótt með eldi og sóttum.
Frægar, bið eg, að mier ljái meyjar
mælsku gnótt, þá er efldi dróttinn;
öll sveit styrki eingla stillis
* óðsemjanda drápu að fremja.

Temi mier orð, sá er skírði skjöldung tjalls skýja, og allir spámenn, prófetar Krists og postular mæstir, drótt pínuð með eldi og sóttum. Bið eg, að frægar meyjar ljái mier gnótt mælsku, þá er dróttinn efldi; styrki öll sveit eingla stillis * óðsemjanda að fremja drápu.

Guide my words, he who baptised the king of the tent of the clouds [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)] and all soothsayers, Christ’s prophets and greatest Apostles, people tormented by fire and illness. I ask that famous maidens lend me an abundance of eloquence, which the Lord strengthened; may the entire host of the ruler’s angels assist the composer of poetry in completing a drápa.


[1-2] sá er skírði skjöldung tjalls skýja ‘he who baptised the king of the tent of the clouds [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)]’: John the Baptist, appropriately included among the prophets and Apostles in a story urging conversion and baptism; cf. st. 9/4.




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