The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

Riddle 54


Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Hyse cwom gangan,      þær he hie wisse
stondan in wincsele,      stop feorran to,
hror hægstealdmon,      hof his agen
hrægl hondum up,      hrand under gyrdels

5

hyre stondendre      stiþes nathwæt,
worhte his willan;      wagedan buta.
þegn onnette,      wæs þragum nyt
tillic esne,      teorode hwæþre
æt stunda gehwam      strong ær þon hio,

10

werig þæs weorces.      Hyre weaxan ongon
under gyrdelse      þæt oft gode men
ferðþum freogað      ond mid feo bicgað.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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