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XXIII. THE WANDERER.


wōd wintercearig  ofer waþema[1] gebind,
sōhte sęle drēorig  sinces bryttan, [25]
hwǣr ic feor oþþe nēah  findan meahte
þone þe in meoduhealle  minne[2] wisse
5oþþe mec frēondlēasne[3]   frēfran wolde,
węnian mid wynnum.  Wāt sā þe cunnað
hū slīþen bið  sorg tō gefēran [30]
þām þe him lȳt hafað  lēofra geholena:
warað hine wræclāst,  nāles wunden gold,
10ferðloca frēorig,  nālæs foldan blǣd;
gemǫn hē sęlesęcgas  and sincþęge,
hū hine on geoguðe  his goldwine [35]
węnede tō wiste:  wyn eal gedrēas!
For þon wāt sē þe sceal  his winedryhtnes
15lēofes lārcwidum  lǫnge forþolian,
ðonne sorg and slǣp  sǫmod ætgædre
earmne ānhagan[4]  oft gebindað: [40]
þinceð him on mōde  þæt hā his mǫndryhten
clyppe and cysse,  and on cnēo lęcge[5]
20hǫnda and hēafod,  swā hē hwīlum ǣr
in gēardagum  giefstōlas brēac;
ðonne onwæcneð eft  winelēas guma, [45]
gesihð him biforan  fealwe wægas,[6]
baþian brimfuglas,  brǣdan feþra,
25hrēosan hrīm and snāw  hagle gemęnged.
Þonne bēoð þȳ hęfigran  heortan bęnne,
sāre æfter swǣsne,  sorg bið genīwad, [50]
þonne māga gemynd  mōd geondhweorfeð,
grēteð glīwstafum,  georne geondscēawað
30sęcga geseldan:  swimmað eft[7] on weg;

  1. waþena.
  2. mine; Thorpe.
  3. -lease.
  4. anhogan.
  5. læge.
  6. wegas.
  7. oft.