The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

Riddle 55


Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Ic seah in healle,      þær hæleð druncon,
on flet beran      feower cynna,
wrætlic wudutreow      ond wunden gold,
sinc searobunden,      ond seolfres dæl

5

ond rode tacn,      þæs us to roderum up
hlædre rærde,      ær he helwara
burg abræce.      Ic þæs beames mæg
eaþe for eorlum      æþelu secgan;
þær wæs hlin ond acc      ond se hearda iw

10

ond se fealwa holen;      frean sindon ealle
nyt ætgædre,      naman habbað anne,
wulfheafedtreo,      þæt oft wæpen abæd
his mondryhtne,      maðm in healle,
goldhilted sweord.      Nu me þisses gieddes

15

ondsware ywe,      se hine on mede
wordum secgan      hu se wudu hatte.

 

 

 

 

 

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