The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

Riddle 59


Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Ic seah in healle      hring gyldenne
men sceawian,      modum gleawe,
ferþþum frode.      Friþospede bæd
god nergende      gæste sinum

5

se þe wende wriþan;      word æfter cwæð
hring on hyrede,      hælend nemde
tillfremmendra.      Him torhte in gemynd
his dryhtnes naman      dumba brohte
ond in eagna gesihð,      gif þæs æþelan

10

goldes tacen      ongietan cuþe
ond dryhtnes dolg,      don swa þæs beages
benne cwædon.      Ne mæg þære bene
æniges monnes      ungefullodre
godes ealdorburg      gæst gesecan,

15

rodera ceastre.      Ræde, se þe wille,
hu ðæs wrætlican      wunda cwæden
hringes to hæleþum,      þa he in healle wæs
wylted ond wended      wloncra folmum.

 

 

 

 

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