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XXI. THE BATTLE OF BRUNANBURH.

Swylce ðā gebrōðor  bēgen aetsǫmne,
cyning and æðeling,  cȳððe sōhton
Wesseaxna land,  wīges hrēmge.
Lēton him behindan  hrā bryttigan[60]
5salowigpādan,  ðone sweartan hræfn,
hyrnednębban,  and ðone hasopādan
earn æftan hwīt,  ǣses brūcan,
grǣdigne gūðhafoc,  and ðæt grǣge dēor,
wulf on wealda.  Ne wearð wæl māre[65]
10on ðȳs īglande  ǣfre gȳta
folces gefylled  beforan ðyssum
sweordes ęcgum,  ðæs ðe ūs sęcgað bēc,
ealde ūðwitan,  siþþan ēastan hider
Ęngle and Seaxe  ūpp becōmon[70]
15ofer brāde brimu,  Brytene sōhton,
wlance wīgsmiðas  Wēalas ofercōmon,
eorlas ārhwate  eard begēaton.