The Northern Way

The Anglo-Saxon Metrical Charms

 

Metrical Charm 10: For Loss of Cattle


Verse Indeterminate Saxon

 

ðis man sceal cweðan ðonne his ceapa hwilcne man for-
stolenne. Cwyð ær he ænyg oþer word cweðe:
Bethlem hattæ seo burh      ðe Crist on geboren wes,
seo is gemærsod      ofer ealne middangeard;

 

 

5

swa ðeos dæd wyrþe      for monnum mære,
per crucem Christi! And gebide þe ðonne þriwa east and
cweð þriwa: Crux Christi ab oriente reducat. And III
west and cweð: Crux Christi ab occidente reducat. And
III suð and cweð: Crux Christi a meridie reducant. And

 

 

10

III norð and cweð: Crux Christi abscondita sunt et inuenta
est
. Iudeas Crist ahengon, gedidon him dæda þa wyrstan;
hælon þæt hi forhelan ne mihton. Swa næfre ðeos dæd
forholen ne wyrðe per crucem Christi.

 

 

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