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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kálf Kátr 29VII/5 — Stendr ‘stands’

Hrist fór þá með hreinu brjósti
hrings á braut og málma Gautar;
öll leyfðu þau eingla stilli
endalaust, sem guðs mær kendi.
Stendr og sitr til hægri handar
heilög Máría aldar deili;
mildingr skipar nú mána foldar
mæstr Kátrínu henni hið næsta.

Hrist hrings fór þá á braut með hreinu brjósti og Gautar málma; öll leyfðu þau stilli eingla endalaust, sem guðs mær kendi. Heilög Máría stendr og sitr til hægri handar deili aldar; mæstr mildingr foldar mána skipar nú Kátrínu hið næsta henni.

The Hrist <valkyrie> of the ring [WOMAN] then went away with a pure breast and [so did] the Gautar <= Óðinn> of metal [WARRIORS]; they all praised the ruler of angels [= God] endlessly, as God’s maiden taught. 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.


[5-8] so 920ˣ, abbrev. as ‘Stendr og sitr ti hægri h. h.’ 713, abbrev. as ‘Stendr ok sitr til hægri handar’ 399a‑bˣ



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