The Northern Way

The Anglo-Saxon Metrical Charms

 

Metrical Charm 9: For Loss of Cattle


Verse Indeterminate Saxon

Ne forstolen ne forholen nanuht, þæs ðe ic age, þe ma ðe
mihte Herod urne drihten. Ic geþohte sancte Eadelenan
and ic geþohte Crist on rode ahangen; swa ic þence þis feoh
to findanne, næs to oðfeorrganne, and to witanne, næs to

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oðwyrceanne, and to lufianne, næs to oðlædanne.
Garmund,      godes ðegen,
find þæt feoh      and fere þæt feoh
and hafa þæt feoh      and heald þæt feoh
and fere ham þæt feoh.     

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þæt he næfre næbbe landes,      þæt he hit oðlæde,
ne foldan,      þæt hit oðferie,
ne husa,      þæt he hit oðhealde.
Gif hyt hwa gedo,      ne gedige hit him næfre!
Binnan þrym nihtum      cunne ic his mihta,

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his mægen and his mihta      and his mundcræftas.
Eall he weornige,      swa syre wudu weornie,
swa breðel seo swa þystel,     
se ðe ðis feoh      oðfergean þence
oððe ðis orf      oðehtian ðence.

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Amen.

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