The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

The Meters of Boethius: Meter 16
Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Se þe wille anwald agon,      ðonne sceal he ærest tilian
þæt he his selfes      on sefan age
anwald innan,      þy læs he æfre sie
his unþeawum      eall underðyded,

5

ado of his mode      mislicra fela
þara ymbhogona      þe him unnet sie,
læte sume hwile      siofunga ana
ermða sinra.      þeah him eall sie
þes middangeard,      swa swa merestreamas

10

utan belicgað,      on æht gifen,
efne swa wide      swa swa westmest nu
an iglond ligð      ut on garsecg,
þær nængu bið      niht on sumera
ne wuhte þon ma      on wintra dæg

15

toteled tidum,      þæt is Tile haten;
þeah nu anra hwa      ealles wealde
þæs iglandes,      and eac þonan
oð Indeas      eastewearde;
þeah he nu þæt eall      agan mote,

20

hwy bið his anwald      auhte ðy mara,
gif he siððan nah      his selfes geweald
ingeðances,      and hine eorneste
wel ne bewarenað      wordum and dædum
wið ða unþeawas      þe we ymb sprecað?

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