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Harceald is hæringa eard yþe anhagan
Utweard on scipes bosm,
Þæm menn þe ne wit winterlang
Hu fela biþ færing feorr, fealwas forsacen
Hlafordes lufu biþ selost, of beaggiefan blestedstum
Ælfredes word bideþ, pleoht hine bindeþ
Seledream meaht mid him cuman ofer yþum
On liþe ut Lundenhyþe, geborn ofer brime.
Beorht byrþen botmgenbunden, cist on cnearre
aþes sand, ælm ofersæ.
Beagfruma be blode þa burg bohtede, hæþenmenn gehergede
Lundenwic, laþena laf, feall þæm fierddryhten
Folcfruma fundede æþele-ar for ælme,
Earmena æt, swa swa sweor he.
On Scalde segldon we, brad brimstream
Rinmuþan foregenga, landes duru læg
Þær lægon laþdane scipu, stille on sæ
Wacedon we wicinga fleot grim on garsecge
Snille sciphlaford steornægl drog, rapas drogon cræftigu handa
Wullen webb wendod, seglrod swang
Acen bordas andswaredon, ymbe eode.
Norþweard nu, secend sylle streamas,
Friþ on Frisum, forlosed ure scip self ymbe iernwætrum.
Micel is Rin. Wel mot he forswelgan Sæfern and Temes,
Wuce wicede we, scipbord oþþe staþe,
Be bredne bure suþ on streame
Oþþæt under Alpis hæfdon we hyþe
On Carlemannes rice.
Þæs cyninga ambihtmann com, ælmas for earmum
Sohted he swa secgde he, on Francum.
Soþlice sawon we þa seolfresecendas -
Francena Frean. Hwate foron we forþ.
Þurh Profenses winweligum wongum
Geond Roðem ea radon oþ beorgum.
Werig wæron we ofer Alpis -
Hwæt was Hannibales herepaþ, gif elpendas in ealdsecgantide
He hider brohtede on beorgum, Romburg to hreosenne.
Þær is esola paþ, grime gegrufon
Be wægna hweolum clufon on cumbe.
On Langbeardnalande, hwæs wongas sohtedon we,
Þær wæs micel mennscip, fela farendas.
On þæm wege wæron weras Engle mid eleþeode
Mangeras manigfealde, leorningcnihtas lar-secend
On Rome, lar ne be Denum bestrudan ac be Eotolwarum.
Gescotþegnas eac, malscred mid ciste
Ælfredes writ beorged
And freo wæs ure werod lust to lengenne.
Endlice ure ælmas Romburg geræcede.
Mære wæs seo miclu ceaster fore manigum winter
Næron nu caseras æt hiere ærrsta stol.
Eotena weorc wæs hreorig, in swylcum gescænedum sciellum
Swammlice sprædaþ mynstercirican and magistra hus,
Neoþan naman gegrufon, ealdra deofolgielda
And hæðenra hæsera, hiere haliga gelicnesse heoldaþ.
Þær wæs preosta heap, micel munuca ðreat
Fulluhtþegnas fætte, hierdas heordlease.
Symbel wæs sele, georn ure gretung
Eornoste eall on Englum hierde hie
Treowe tealdon we Ælfredes ar and æ
Aþfæstnesnesse mid ælmum, goldgiefan gifnesse
Becom on þæm bordum nan earm noþþe eaþmod.
Ut þæm durum oþru worulde wæs
Wæron weras, in Hlafordes handum
Ungecnawen utgeloced, ne sprecen on sele.
Werig wæron we mid weges wundum,
Fritedon, of fæte fylledon. Slepedon oð morgen.
Georn wolde ic wiþbregdan of þæm stowe ure seolfre
To weorþleasum werum, blindum begiemendum,
Buton min hlafordes diht, se us þider sendedon.
Mid munuchade læfed ic Ælfredes ælmas.
Sarigferþ siþweg sohtedon we, wendedon on wægne,
Leohtor mid cista lafe onweard geborn,
Ofer dunum eastweard oþ særime.


Rupert Barnes

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