The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

Riddle 53


Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Ic seah on bearwe      beam hlifian,
tanum torhtne.      þæt treow wæs on wynne,
wudu weaxende.      Wæter hine ond eorþe
feddan fægre,      oþþæt he frod dagum

5

on oþrum wearð      aglachade
deope gedolgod,      dumb in bendum,
wriþen ofer wunda,      wonnum hyrstum
foran gefrætwed.      Nu he fæcnum weg
þurh his heafdes mægen      hildegieste

10

oþrum rymeð.      Oft hy an yste strudon
hord ætgædre;      hræd wæs ond unlæt
se æftera,      gif se ærra fær
genamnan in nearowe      neþan moste.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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