The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

The Meters of Boethius: Proem


Verse Indeterminate Saxon


ðus ælfred us      ealdspell reahte,
cyning Westsexna,      cræft meldode,
leoðwyrhta list.      Him wæs lust micel
ðæt he ðiossum leodum      leoð spellode,

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monnum myrgen,      mislice cwidas,
þy læs ælinge      ut adrife
selflicne secg,      þonne he swelces lyt
gymð for his gilpe.      Ic sceal giet sprecan,
fon on fitte,      folccuðne ræd

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hæleðum secgean.      Hliste se þe wille!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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