The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

Riddle 49


Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Ic wat eardfæstne      anne standan,
deafne, dumban,      se oft dæges swilgeð
þurh gopes hond      gifrum lacum.
Hwilum on þam wicum      se wonna þegn,

5

sweart ond saloneb,      sendeð oþre
under goman him      golde dyrran,
þa æþelingas      oft wilniað,
cyningas ond cwene.      Ic þæt cyn nu gen
nemnan ne wille,      þe him to nytte swa

10

ond to dugþum doþ      þæt se dumba her,
eorp unwita,      ær forswilgeð.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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