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XXIII. THE WANDERER.


flēotendra ferð  no þǣr fela bringeð
cūðra cwidegiedda;  cearo bið genīwad [55]
þām þe sęndan sceal  swīþe geneahhe
ofer waþema gebind  wērigne sefan.
5For þon ic geþęncan ne mæg  geond þās woruld
for hwan mōdsefa  min[1] ne gesweorce,
þonne ic eorla līf  eal geondþęnce, [60]
hū hī fǣrlīce  flęt ofgēafon,
mōdge maguþegnas.  Swā þēs middangeard
10ealra dōgra gehwām  drēoseð and fealleþ;
for þon ne mæg weorþan[2] wīs  wer, ǣr hā āge
wintra dǣl in woruldrīce.  Wita sceal geþyldig, [65]
nē sceal nō tō hātheort  nē tō hrædwyrde,
nē tō wāc wiga  nē tō wanhȳdig,
15nē tō forht nē tō fægen  nē tō feohgīfre,
nē nǣfre gielpes tō georn,  ǣr hē geare cunne.
Beorn sceal gebīdan,  þonne hē bēot spriceð, [70]
oþ þæt collenferð  cunne gearwe
hwider hreþra gehygd  hweorfan wille.
20Ongietan sceal glēaw hæle  hū gæstlīc bið,
þonne eall[3] þisse worulde wela  wēste stǫndeð,
swā nū missenlīce  geond þisne middangeard [75]
winde biwāune  weallas stǫndaþ,
hrīme bihrorene,  hryðge þā ederas.
25Wōriað þā wīnsalo,  waldend licgað
drēame bidrorene;  duguð eal gecrǫng
wlǫnc bī wealle:  sume wīg fornōm,  [80]
fęrede in forðwege;  sumne fugel oþbær
ofer hēanne holm;  sumne sē hāra wulf
30dēaðe gedǣlde;  sumne drēorighlēor
in eorðscræfe  eorl gehȳdde:

  1. mod sefan minne.
  2. wearþan.
  3. ealle.