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Kálf Kátr 3VII/4 — hrings ‘of the ring’

... drápu að fremja
drottinn lýðs, er guðs son þýðiz;
inna skal þá elda spennir
eyja hrings frá helgri meyju.
Kátrín, frá eg, að kóngs jóð hieti
kostum prýdd, en góð verk þýddiz;
veglig jungfrú var hun og tígin
vitr og fróð að öllu góðu.

Drottinn lýðs, er þýðiz guðs son, ... að fremja drápu, þá skal spennir elda hrings eyja inna frá helgri meyju. Eg frá, að kóngs jóð hieti Kátrín, prýdd kostum, en þýddiz góð verk; hun var veglig jungfrú og tígin, vitr og fróð að öllu góðu.

Lord of people [= God], who is explained as God’s son [= Christ], ... to complete a drápa; then the clasper of the fires of the ring of islands [SEA > GOLD > MAN = Kálfur Hallson (= I)] shall tell of a holy maiden. I heard that a king’s daughter was named Catherine, endowed with virtues, and she performed good deeds; she was a noble maiden and high-born, wise and knowledgeable about all good things.

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