The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

The Coronation of Edgar
Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Her Eadgar wæs,      Engla waldend,
corðre miclum      to cyninge gehalgod
on ðære ealdan byrig,      Acemannesceastre;
eac hi igbuend      oðre worde

5

beornas Baðan nemnaþ.      þær wæs blis micel
on þam eadgan dæge      eallum geworden,
þone niða bearn      nemnað and cigað
Pentecostenes dæg.      þær wæs preosta heap,
micel muneca ðreat,      mine gefrege,

10

gleawra gegaderod.      And ða agangen wæs
tyn hund wintra      geteled rimes
fram gebyrdtide      bremes cyninges,
leohta hyrdes,      buton ðær to lafe þa get
wæs wintergeteles,      þæs ðe gewritu secgað,

15

seofon and twentig;      swa neah wæs sigora frean
ðusend aurnen,      ða þa ðis gelamp.
And him Eadmundes      eafora hæfde
nigon and XX,      niðweorca heard,
wintra on worulde,      ða þis geworden wæs,

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and þa on ðam XXX wæs      ðeoden gehalgod.

 

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