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XXI. THE BATTLE OF BRUNANBURH.

mēcum mylenscearpum.  Myrce ne wyrndon
heardes handplegan  haeleða nānum,[25]
ðāra ðe mid Anlāfe  ofer ēargebland
on lides bōsme  land gesōhton
5fǣge tō gefeohte.  Fīfe lāgon
on ðām campstęde  cyningas geonge
sweordum āswęfede,  swylce seofone ēac[30]
eorlas Anlāfes,  unrīm hęrges,
flotena and Scotta.  Ðǣr geflȳmed wearð
10Norðmanna brego,  nēade gebǣded
tō lides stefne  lȳtle weorode :
crēad cnear on flot ;  cyning ūt gewāt[35]
on fealone flōd,  feorh genęrede.
Swylce ðǣr ēac sē frōda  mid flēame cōm
15on his cȳððe norð,  Constantīnus,
hār hilderinc ;  hreman ne ðorfte
meca gemānon :  he wæs his māga sceard,[40]
frēonda gefylled  on folcstęde,
beslægen æt sæcce,  and his sunu forlēt
20on wælstōwe  wundum forgrunden,
geongne æt gūðe.  Gylpan ne ðorfte
beorn blandenfeax  billgeslihtes,[45]
eald inwitta,  ne Anlāf ðȳ mā
mid heora hęrelāfum ;  hlihhan ne ðorfton,
25ðæt hī beaduweorca  bęteran wurdon
on campstęde  cumbolgehnāstes ;
gārmittinge,  gumena gemōtes,[50]
wǣpengewrīxles,  ðæs hī on wælfelda
wið Ēadweardes  eaforan plegodon.
30Gewiton him þā Norðmęnn  nægledcnearrum,
drēorig daroða lāf,  on Dinges mere
ofer dēop wæter  Dyflin sēcan,[55]
and eft Īraland,  ǣwiscmōde.