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XXIII. THE WANDERER.


ȳþde[1] swā þisne eardgeard  ælda Scyppend, [85]
oþ þæt burgwara  breahtma lēase
eald ęnta geweorc  īdlu stōdon.
Sē þonne þisne wealsteal  wīse, geþōhte,
5and þis deorce[2] līf  dēope geondþęnceð,
frōd in ferðe  feor oft gemǫn [90]
wælsleahta worn,  and þās word ācwið:
‘Hwǣr cwōm mearg? hwǣr cwōm mago?  hwǣr cwōm māþþumgyfa?
hwǣr cwōm symbla gesetu?  hwǣr sindon sęledrēamas?
10Ēalā beorht bune!  ēalā byrnwiga!
ēalā þēodnes þrym  hū sēo þrāg gewāt, [95]
genāp under nihthelm,  swā hēo nō wǣre!
Stǫndeð nū on lāste  lēofre duguþe
weal wundrum hēah,  wyrmlīcum fāh:
15eorlas fornōmon[3]  asca þrȳþe,
wǣpen wælgīfru,  wyrd sēo mǣre; [100]
and þās stānhleoþu  stormas cnyssað;
hrīð hrēosende  hrūsan[4] bindeð,
wintres wōma,  þonne wǫn cymeð,
20nīpeð nihtscūa,  norþan onsęndeð
hrēo hæglfare  hæleþum on andan. [105]
Eall is earfoðlīc  eorþan rīce,
onwęndeð wyrda gesceaft  weoruld under heofonum:
hēr bið feoh lǣne,  hēr bið frēond lǣne,
25hēr bið mǫn lǣne,  hēr bið mǣg lǣne;
eal þis eorþan gesteal  īdel weorþeð!’ [110]
Swā cwæð snottor on mōde,  gesæt him sundor æt rūne

  1. yþðe.
  2. deorcne.
  3. fornoman.
  4. hruse.