The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

Metrical Charm 7: For the Water-Elf Disease


Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Gif mon biþ on wæterælfadle, þonne beoþ him þa hand-
næglas wonne and þa eagan tearige and wile locian niþer.
Do him þis to læcedome: eoforþrote, cassuc, fone nioþo-
weard, eowberge, elehtre, eolone, merscmealwan crop,

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fenminte, dile, lilie, attorlaþe, polleie, marubie, docce, ellen,
felterre, wermod, streawbergean leaf, consolde; ofgeot mid
ealaþ, do hæligwæter to, sing þis gealdor ofer þriwa:
Ic benne awrat      betest beadowræda,
swa benne ne burnon,      ne burston,

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ne fundian,      ne feologan,
ne hoppettan,      ne wund waxsian,
ne dolh diopian;      ac him self healde halewæge,
ne ace þe þon ma,      þe eorþan on eare ace.
Sing þis manegum siþum: Eorþe þe onbere eallum hire

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mihtum and mægenum. þas galdor mon mæg singan on
wunde.

 

 

 

 

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