The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

Waldere B
Verse Indeterminate Saxon


     "...ce bæteran
buton ðam anum      ðe ic eac hafa
on stanfate      stille gehided.
Ic wat þæt hit ðohte      ðeodric Widian

5

selfum onsendon,      and eac sinc micel
maðma mid ði mece,      monig oðres mid him
golde gegirwan      (iulean genam),
þæs ðe hine of nearwum      Niðhades mæg,
Welandes bearn,      Widia ut forlet;

10

ðurh fifela gewe... ...ld      forð onette."
Waldere mað... ...lode,      wiga ellenrof,
hæfde him on handa      hildefrofre,
guðbilla gripe,      gyddode wordum:
"Hwæt! ðu huru wendest,      wine Burgenda,

15

þæt me Hagenan hand      hilde gefremede
and getwæmde ...ðewigges.      Feta, gyf ðu dyrre,
æt ðus heaðuwerigan      hare byrnan.
Standeð me her on eaxelum      ælfheres laf,
god and geapneb,      golde geweorðod,

20

ealles unscende      æðelinges reaf
to habbanne,      þonne hand wereð
feorhhord feondum.      Ne bið fah wið me,
þonne ...... unmægas      eft ongynnað,
mecum gemetað,      swa ge me dydon.

25

ðeah mæg sige syllan      se ðe symle byð
recon and rædfest      ryh... ...a gehwilces.
Se ðe him to ðam halgan      helpe gelifeð,
to gode gioce,      he þær gearo findeð
gif ða earnunga      ær geðenceð.

30

þonne moten wlance      welan britnian,
æhtum wealdan,      þæt is"


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