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behlyped licgan, hyrstum fratwed, p«r weras drinca,

Hwilum folcwigan ponne ic winde sceal

Verse Indeterminate Saxon

Hals is min hwit ond heafod fealo, sidan swa some. Swift ic eom on febe, beadowœpen bere. Me on bœce standa her swylce swe on hleorum. Hlifia tu

earan ofer eagum. Ordum ic steppe in grene grœs. Me bi gyrn witod, gif mec onhœle an onfinde wœlgrim wiga, bœr ic wic buge, bold mid bearnum, ond ic bide bœr

mid geogucnosle, hwonne gœst cume to durum minum, him bib dea witod. Forbon ic sceal of ele eaforan mine forhtmod fergan, fleame nergan, gif he me œfterweard ealles weorbe;

hine bera breost. Ic his bidan ne dear, rebes on geruman, (nele bœt rœd teale), ac ic sceal fromlice febemundum burh steapne beorg strœte wyrcan. Eabe ic mœg freora feorh genergan,

gif ic mœgburge mot mine gelœdan on degolne weg burh dune byrel swœse ond gesibbe; ic me sibban ne bearf wœlhwelpes wig wiht onsittan. Gif se nisceaba nearwe stige

me on swabe seceb, ne tosœleb him on bam gegnpabe gubgemotes, sibban ic burh hylles hrof gerœce, ond burh hest hrino hildepilum lagewinnum, bam be ic longe fleah.

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