The Seafarer

Verse Indeterminate Saxon

Mœg ic be me sylfum sogied wrecan, sipas secgan, hu ic geswincdagum earfohwile oft prowade, bitre breostceare gebiden hœbbe,

gecunnad in ceole cearselda fela, atol ypa gewealc, pœr mec oft bigeat nearo nihtwaco œt nacan stefnan, ponne he be clifum cnossa. Calde geprungen wœron mine fet, forste gebunden,

caldum clommum, pœr pa ceare seofedun

hat ymb heortan; hungor innan slat merewerges mod. p«t se mon ne wat pe him on foldan f«grost limpe, hu ic earmcearig iscealdne s«

winter wunade wr«ccan lastum, winem«gum bidroren, bihongen hrimgicelum; h«gl scurum fleag. p«r ic ne gehyrde butan hlimman s«, iscaldne w«g. Hwilum ylfete song dyde ic me to gomene, ganetes hleopor ond huilpan sweg fore hleahtor wera, m«w singende fore medodrince.

Stormas p«r stanclifu beotan, p«r him stearn oncw«

isigfepera; ful oft p«t earn bigeal, urigfepra; ne «nig hleom«ga feasceaftig fer frefran meahte. Forpon him gelyfe lyt, se pe ah lifes wyn gebiden in burgum, bealosipa hwon, wlonc ond wingal, hu ic werig oft in brimlade bidan sceolde. Nap nihtscua, norpan sniwde, hrim hrusan bond, h«gl feol on eorpan, corna caldast. Forpon cnyssa nu heortan gepohtas, p«t ic hean streamas, sealtypa gelac sylf cunnige;

mona modes lust m«la gehwylce fer to feran, p«t ic feor heonan elpeodigra eard gesece.

Forpon nis p«s modwlonc mon ofer eorpan, ne his gifena p«s god, ne in geogupe to p«s hw«t, ne in his d«dum to p«s deor, ne him his dryhten to p«s hold, p«t he a his s«fore sorge n«bbe, to hwon hine dryhten gedon wille.

Ne bip him to hearpan hyge ne to hringpege, ne to wife wyn ne to worulde hyht, ne ymbe owiht elles, nefne ymb ya gewealc, ac a hafa longunge se pe on lagu funda. Bearwas blostmum nima, byrig f«gria, wongas wlitiga, woruld onette;

ealle pa gemonia modes fusne sefan to sipe, pam pe swa pence on flodwegas feor gewitan. Swylce geac mona geomran reorde, singe sumeres weard, sorge beode

bitter in breosthord. p«t se beorn ne wat, esteadig secg, hw«t pa sume dreoga pe pa wr«clastas widost lecga.

Forpon nu min hyge hweorfe ofer hreperlocan, min modsefa mid mereflode

ofer hw«les epel hweorfe wide, eorpan sceatas, cyme eft to me gifre ond gr«dig, gielle anfloga, hwete on hw^lweg hreper unwearnum ofer holma gelagu. Forpon me hatran sind

dryhtnes dreamas ponne pis deade lif, l«ne on londe. Ic gelyfe no p«t him eorwelan ece stonda. Simle preora sum pinga gehwylce, «r his tid aga, to tweon weorpe;

adl oppe yldo oppe ecghete f«gum fromweardum feorh opringe. Forpon p«t bi eorla gehwam «ftercwependra lof lifgendra lastworda betst, p«t he gewyrce, «r he on weg scyle,

fremum on foldan wi feonda nip, deorum d«dum deofle togeanes, p«t hine «lda bearn «fter hergen, ond his lof sippan lifge mid englum awa to ealdre, ecan lifes bl«d,

dream mid dugepum. Dagas sind gewitene, ealle onmedlan eorpan rices; n«ron nu cyningas ne caseras ne goldgiefan swylce iu w«ron, ponne hi m«st mid him m«rpa gefremedon

ond on dryhtlicestum dome lifdon.

Gedroren is peos dugu eal, dreamas sind gewitene, wunia pa wacran ond pas woruld healdap, bruca purh bisgo. Bl«d is gehn«ged, eorpan indryhto ealda ond seara,

swa nu monna gehwylc geond middangeard. Yldo him on fare, onsyn blaca, gomelfeax gnorna, wat his iuwine, «pelinga bearn, eorpan forgiefene.

Ne m«g him ponne se fl«schoma, ponne him p«t feorg losa,

ne swete forswelgan ne sar gefelan, ne hond onhreran ne mid hyge pencan. peah pe gr«f wille golde stregan bropor his geborenum, byrgan be deadum, mapmum mislicum p«t hine mid wille,

ne m«g p«re sawle pe bip synna ful gold to geoce for godes egsan, ponne he hit «r hyde penden he her leofa.

Micel bip se meotudes egsa, forpon hi seo molde oncyrre;

se gestapelade stipe grundas,

eorpan sceatas ond uprodor.

Dol bip se pe him his dryhten ne ondr«dep; cyme him se dea unpinged. Eadig bi se pe eapmod leofap; cyme him seo ar of heofonum, meotod him p«t mod gestapela, forpon he in his meahte gelyfe. Stieran mon sceal strongum mode, ond p«t on stapelum healdan,

ond gewis werum, wisum cl«ne, scyle monna gehwylc mid gemete healdan wip leofne ond wi lapne bealo, peah pe he hine wille fyres fulne oppe on b«le forb«rnedne

his geworhtne wine. Wyrd bip swipre, meotud meahtigra ponne «nges monnes gehygd. Uton we hycgan hw«r we ham agen, ond ponne gepencan hu we pider cumen, ond we ponne eac tilien, p«t we to moten

in pa ecan eadignesse, p«r is lif gelong in lufan dryhtnes, hyht in heofonum. p«s sy pam halgan ponc, p«t he usic geweorpade, wuldres ealdor, ece dryhten, in ealle tid.

Amen.

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