The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

Riddle 91


Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Min heafod is         homere geþuren,
searopila wund,         sworfen feole.
Oft ic begine         þæt me ongean sticað,
þonne ic hnitan sceal,         hringum gyrded,

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hearde wið heardum,         hindan þyrel,
forð ascufan         þæt mines frean
mod | freoþað         middelnihtum.
Hwilum ic under bæc         bregde nebbe,
hyrde þæs hordes,         þonne min hlaford wile

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lafe þicgan         þara þe he of life het
wælcræfte awrecan         willum sinum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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