The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

The Meters of Boethius: Meter 15


Verse Indeterminate Saxon


ðeah hine nu se yfela      unrihtwisa
Neron cynincg      niwan gescerpte
wlitegum wædum      wundorlice,
golde geglengde      and gimcynnum,

5

þeah he wæs on worulde      witena gehwelcum
on his lifdagum      lað and unweorð,
fierenfull.      Hwæt, se feond swa ðeah
his diorlingas      duguðum stepte.
Ne mæg ic þeah gehycgan      hwy him on hige þorfte

10

a ðy sæl wesan;      þeah hi sume hwile
gecure butan cræftum      cyninga dysegast,
næron hy ðy weorðran      witena ænegum.
ðeah hine se dysega      do to cyninge,
hu mæg þæt gesceadwis      scealc gereccan

15

þæt he him ðy selra      sie oððe þince?

 

 

 

 

 

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