The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

Riddle 33


Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Wiht cwom æfter wege      wrætlicu liþan,
cymlic from ceole      cleopode to londe,
hlinsade hlude;      hleahtor wæs gryrelic,
egesful on earde,      ecge wæron scearpe.

5

Wæs hio hetegrim,      hilde to sæne,
biter beadoweorca;      bordweallas grof,
heardhiþende.      Heterune bond,
sægde searocræftig      ymb hyre sylfre gesceaft:
"Is min modor      mægða cynnes

10

þæs deorestan,      þæt is dohtor min
eacen up liden,      swa þæt is ældum cuþ,
firum on folce,      þæt seo on foldan sceal
on ealra londa gehwam      lissum stondan."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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