The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

Metrical Charm 8: For a Swarm of Bees


Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Wið ymbe nim eorþan, oferweorp mid þinre swiþran
handa under þinum swiþran fet, and cwet:
Fo ic under fot,      funde ic hit.
Hwæt, eorðe mæg      wið ealra wihta gehwilce

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and wið andan      and wið æminde
and wið þa micelan      mannes tungan.
And wiððon forweorp ofer greot, þonne hi swirman, and cweð:
Sitte ge, sigewif,      sigað to eorþan!
Næfre ge wilde      to wuda fleogan.

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Beo ge swa gemindige      mines godes,
swa bið manna gehwilc      metes and eþeles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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