The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

Riddle 41


Verse Indeterminate Saxon


     edniwu;
þæt is moddor      monigra cynna,
þæs selestan,      þæs sweartestan,
þæs deorestan      þæs þe dryhta bearn

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ofer foldan sceat      to gefean agen.
Ne magon we her in eorþan      owiht lifgan,
nymðe we brucen      þæs þa bearn doð.
þæt is to geþencanne      þeoda gehwylcum,
wisfæstum werum,      hwæt seo wiht sy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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