The Exeter Book (Jebson)/The Partridge

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The Partridge

Verse Indeterminate Saxon

Hyrde ic secgan gen         bi sumum fugle
wundorlicne        
        fæger,
þæt word þe gecwæð         wuldres ealdor:
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"In swa hwylce tiid         swa ge mid treowe to me
on hyge hweorfað,         ond ge hellfirena
sweartra geswicað,         swa ic symle to eow
mid siblufan         sona gecyrre
þurh milde mod.         Ge beoð me siþþan
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torhte tireadge         talade ond rimde,
beorhte gebroþor         on bearna stæl."
Uton we þy geornor         gode oliccan,
firene feogan,         friþes earnian,
duguðe to dryhtne,         þenden us dæg scine,
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þæt swa æþelne         eardwica cyst
in wuldres wlite         wunian motan.
Finit.