The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

Riddle 42


Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Ic seah wyhte      wrætlice twa
undearnunga      ute plegan
hæmedlaces;      hwitloc anfeng
wlanc under wædum,      gif þæs weorces speow,

5

fæmne fyllo.      Ic on flette mæg
þurh runstafas      rincum secgan,
þam þe bec witan,      bega ætsomne
naman þara wihta.      þær sceal Nyd wesan
twega oþer      ond se torhta æsc

10

an an linan,      Acas twegen,
Hægelas swa some.      Hwylc þæs hordgates
cægan cræfte      þa clamme onleac
þe þa rædellan      wið rynemenn
hygefæste heold      heortan bewrigene

15

orþoncbendum?      Nu is undyrne
werum æt wine      hu þa wihte mid us,
heanmode twa,      hatne sindon.

 

 

 

 

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