Anglo-Saxon Riddles of the Exeter Book/Annotated/39
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39 (k-d 65)
|I was alive but said nothing; even so I die.
Back I came before I was. Everyone plunders me,
keeps me confined, and shears my head,
bites my bare body, breaks my sprouts.
No man I bite unless he bites me;
many there are who do bite me.
|Cwico wæs ic ne cwæð ic wiht cwele ic efne seþeah|
ær ic wæs eft ic cwom æghwa mec reafað
hafað mec on headre ⁊ min heafod scireþ
biteð mec on bær lic briceð mine wisan
monnan ic ne bite nympþe he me bite
sindan þara monige þe mec bitað
Onion. Cf. 74 (k-d 25), which is also Onion with salacious overtones.