Beowulf - page 2

Beowulf and Grendel's Mother

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Hie dygel lond
warigeað, wulfhleoþu,    windige næssas,
frecne fengelad,    ðær fyrgenstream

 

under næssa genipu    niþer gewiteð,
flod under foldan.    Nis þæt feor heonon
milgemearces    þæt se mere standeð;
ofer þæm hongiað    hrinde bearwas,
wudu wyrtum fæst     wæter oferhelmað.

 

þær mæg nihta gehwæm    niðwundor seon,
fyr on flode.         No þæs frod leofað
gumena bearna,         þæt þone grund wite;
ðeah þe hæðstapa         hundum geswenced,
heorot hornum trum,         holtwudu sece,

 

feorran geflymed,         ær he feorh seleð,
aldor on ofre,         ær he in wille
hafelan hydan.         Nis þæt heoru stow!
þonon yðgeblond         up astigeð
won to wolcnum,         þonne wind styreþ,

 

lað gewidru,         oðþæt lyft drysmaþ,
roderas reotað.         Nu is se ræd gelang
eft æt þe anum.         Eard git ne const,
frecne stowe,         ðær þu findan miht
felasinnigne secg;         sec gif þu dyrre.

 

Ic þe þa fæhðe         feo leanige,
ealdgestreonum,         swa ic ær dyde,
wundnum golde,         gyf þu on weg cymest."

 

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Two clues: A 'mere' is still the word for a lake in some place names (Windermere) and 'stow' or 'stowe' still the word for a place (Stow, Stowe, Walthamstow, Felixstowe).

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