The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

The Death of Edward
Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Her Eadward kingc,      Engla hlaford,
sende soþfæste      sawle to Criste
on godes wæra,      gast haligne.
He on worulda her      wunode þrage

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on kyneþrymme,      cræftig ræda,
XXIIII,      freolic wealdend,
wintra gerimes,      weolan britnode,
and healfe tid,      hæleða wealdend,
weold wel geþungen      Walum and Scottum

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and Bryttum eac,      byre æðelredes,
Englum and Sexum,      oretmægcum,
swa ymbclyppað      cealde brymmas,
þæt eall Eadwarde,      æðelum kinge,
hyrdon holdlice      hagestealde menn.

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Wæs a bliðemod      bealuleas kyng,
þeah he lange ær,      lande bereafod,
wunode wræclastum      wide geond eorðan,
syððan Cnut ofercom      kynn æðelredes
and Dena weoldon      deore rice

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Engla landes      XXVIII
wintra gerimes,      welan brytnodon.
Syððan forð becom      freolice in geatwum
kyningc kystum god,      clæne and milde,
Eadward se æðela,      eðel bewerode,

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land and leode,      oðþæt lungre becom
deað se bitera,      and swa deore genam
æþelne of eorðan;      englas feredon
soþfæste sawle      innan swegles leoht.
And se froda swa þeah      befæste þæt rice

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heahþungenum menn,      Harolde sylfum,
æþelum eorle,      se in ealle tid
hyrde holdlice      hærran sinum
wordum and dædum,      wihte ne agælde
þæs þe þearf wæs      þæs þeodkyninges.

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