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I'm the world's wonder, for I make women happy
- a boon to the neighbourhood, a bane to no one,
though I may perhaps prick the one who picks me.
I am set well up, stand in a bed,
have a roughish root. Rarely (though it happens)
a churl's daughter more daring than the rest
- and lovelier! - lays hold of me,
rushes my red top, wrenches at my head,
and lays me in the larder.
She learns soon enough,
the curly-haired creature who clamps me so,
of my meeting with her: moist is her eye!
Swings by his thigh a thing most magical!
Below the belt, beneath the folds of his clothes it hangs, a hole in its front end,
stiff-set and stout, but swivels about.
Levelling the head of this hanging instrument,
its wielder hoists his hem above the knee:
it is his will to fill a well-known hole that it fits fully when at full length.
He has often filled it before. Now he fills it again.
Bede's Death Song
Deor and Widsith
Beowulf and the Fight at Finnsburg
The Wanderer and the Seafarer
The Wife's Complaint, the Husband's Message and Wulf and Eadwacer
The Dream of the Rood
The Battle of Maldon
Map of the Site of the Battle of Maldon
A. The Runes
B. Suggested Solutions to the Riddles
C. Anglo-Saxon Metric
Glossary of Proper Names
Posted July 6, 2011
Many people are not familiar with Anglo Saxon (Old English) literature beyond Beowulf. That is very unfortunate because this literature is very rich and entertaining. Ranging from the heroic tales of Germanic traditions, to Christians hymns, to fun riddles from the Book of Exeter, this collection is a great way to step into Old English writing and culture.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.