The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

Riddle 88
Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Ic weox þær ic s...     
ond sumor      mi...
...me      wæs min ti...
......
5

...d ic on staðol...     
...um geong,      swa
     seþeana
oft geond      ...fgeaf,
ac ic uplong stod,      þær ic ......

10

ond min broþor;      begen wæron hearde.
Eard wæs þy weorðra      þe wit on stodan,
hyrstum þy hyrra.      Ful oft unc holt wrugon,
wudubeama helm      wonnum nihtum,
scildon wið scurum;      unc gescop meotud.

15

Nu unc mæran twam      magas uncre
sculon æfter cuman,      eard oðþringan
gingran broþor.      Eom ic gumcynnes
anga ofer eorþan;      is min agen bæc
wonn ond wundorlic.      Ic on wuda stonde

20

bordes on ende.      Nis min broþor her,
ac ic sceal broþorleas      bordes on ende
staþol weardian,      stondan fæste;
ne wat hwær min broþor      on wera æhtum
eorþan sceata      eardian sceal,

25

se me ær be healfe      heah eardade.
Wit wæron gesome      sæcce to fremmanne;
næfre uncer awþer      his ellen cyðde,
swa wit þære beadwe      begen ne onþungan.
Nu mec unsceafta      innan slitað,

30

wyrdaþ mec be wombe;      ic gewendan ne mæg.
æt þam spore findeð      sped se þe se...
     sawle rædes.


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