The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

Riddle 2


Verse Indeterminate Saxon



Hwilum ic gewite, swa ne wenaþ men,
under yþa geþræc eorþan secan,
garsecges grund. Gifen biþ gewreged,
fam gewealcen;
5


hwælmere hlimmeð, hlude grimmeð,
streamas staþu beatað, stundum weorpaþ
on stealc hleoþa stane ond sonde,
ware ond wæge, þonne ic winnende,
holmmægne biþeaht, hrusan styrge,
10


side sægrundas. Sundhelme ne mæg
losian ær mec læte se þe min latteow bið
on siþa gehwam. Saga, þoncol mon,
hwa mec bregde of brimes fæþmum,
þonne streamas eft stille weorþað,
15


yþa geþwære, þe mec ær wrugon.

 


 

 

 

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