The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

Homiletic Fragment II
Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Gefeoh nu on ferðe      ond to frofre geþeoh
dryhtne þinum,      ond þinne dom arær,
heald hordlocan,      hyge fæste bind
mid modsefan.      Monig biþ uncuþ

5

treowgeþofta,      teorað hwilum,
waciaþ wordbeot;      swa þeos woruld fareð,
scurum scyndeð      ond gesceap dreogeð.
An is geleafa,      an lifgende,
an is fulwiht,      an fæder ece,

10

an is folces fruma,      se þas foldan gesceop,
duguðe ond dreamas.      Dom siþþan weox,
þeah þeos læne gesceaft      longe stode
heolstre gehyded,      helme ...edygled,
biþeaht wel treowum,      þystre oferfæðmed,

15

siþþan geong aweox     
mægeð modhwatu      mid moncynne;
ðær gelicade      þa... ...op
in þam hordfate,      halgan gæste,
beorht on br...      ...e scan,

20

se wæs ordfruma      ealles leohtes.

 


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