Anglo-Saxon Riddles of the Exeter Book/Annotated/22
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22 (k-d 8)
|I speak through my mouth with many voices.
Skilfully I sing with many modulations,
loud and strong, with various tunes.
I sing as I must, unhampered, unhindered.
I am the nighttime songster of old.
I bring joy to the men who dwell in the towns.
When I sing out with my flexible tones
they sit at home silent. Tell me my name
who brightly imitate professional singers
and loudly foretell many welcome tidings.
|Ic þurh muþ sprece mongum reordum|
wrencum singe wrixle geneahhe
heafodwoþe hlude cirme
healde mine wisan hleoþre ne miþe
eald æfensceop eorlum bringe
blisse in burgum þōn ic bugendre
stefne styrme stille on wicum
saga hwæt ic hatte
hlude onhyrge hæleþum bodige
wilcumena fela woþe minre