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Riddle 37

english translation

Riddle 37

original Anglo-Saxon poem

Riddle 37 — Anglo-Saxon Original

Ic ζa wihte geseah—      womb wΦs on hindan
ζriζum aζrunten.   ψ|egn folgade,
mΦgenrofa man,      ond micel hΦfde
gefered ζΦt hit felde,      fleah ζurh his eage.
Ne swylteξ he symle,      ζonne syllan sceal
innaξ ζam oζrum,      ac him eft cymeξ
bot in bosme,      blΦd biζ arΦred;
He sunu wyrceξ,     biξ him sylfa fΦder.

Riddle 29

english translation

Riddle 29

original Anglo-Saxon poem

Riddle 29 — Anglo-Saxon Original

Ic wiht geseah     wundorlice
hornum bitweonum     huζe lΦdan,
lyftfΦt leohtlic,     listum gegierwed,
huζe to ζam ham     of ζam heresiζe;
walde hyre on ζΦre byrig     bur atimbran,
searwum asettan,     gif hit swa meahte.
wa cwom wundorlicu wiht    ofer wealles hrof,
seo is eallum cuξ    eorξbuendum,
ahredde ζa ζa huζe     ond to ham bedraf
wreccan ofer willan—    gewat hyre west ζonan
fΦhζum feran,     forξ onette.
Dust stonc to heofonum,  deaw feol on eorζan,
niht forξ gewat.     NΦnig siζζan
wera gewiste     ζΦre wihte siξ.

Riddle 27

english translation

Riddle 27

original Anglo-Saxon poem

Riddle 27 — Anglo-Saxon Original

Ic eom weorξ werum,    wide funden,
brungen of bearwum     ond of burghleoζum,
of denum ond of dunum.     DΦges mec wΦgun
on lifte,     feredon mid liste
under hrofes hleo.     HΦleξ mec siζζan
baζedan in bydene.     Nu ic eom bindere
ond swingere,     sona weorpe
esne to eorζan,      hwilum ealdne ceorl.
Sona ζΦt onfindeξ,     se ζe mec fehξ ongean,
ond wiξ mΦgenζisan      minre genΦsteξ,
ζΦt he hrycge sceal     hrusan secan,
gif he unrΦdes     Φr ne geswiceξ,
strengo bistolen,    strong on sprΦce,
mΦgene binumen—     nah his modes geweald,
fota ne folma.     Frige hwΦt ic hatte,
ξe on eorζan swa     esnas binde,
dole Φfter dyntum     be dΦges leohte.

Riddle 24

english translation

Riddle 24

original Anglo-Saxon poem

Riddle 24 — Anglo-Saxon Original

Ic eom wunderlicu wiht—     wrΦsne mine stefne,
hwilum beorce swa hund,     hwilum blΦte swa gat,
hwilum grΦde swa gos,     hwilum gielle swa hafoc,
hwilum ic onhyrge     ζone haswan earn,
guξfugles hleoζor,     hwilum glidan reorde
muζe gemΦne,      hwilum mΦwes song,
ζΦr ic glado sitte.      G mec nemnaξ,
swylce E      ond R O fullesteξ,
H ond I.      Nu ic haten eom
swa ζa sieξ stafas     sweotule becnaζ.

Riddle 15

english translation

Riddle 15

original Anglo-Saxon poem

Riddle 15 — Anglo-Saxon Original

Hals is min hwit    ond heafod fealo,
sidan swa some.     Swift ic eom on feζe,
beadowΦpen bere.     Me on bΦce standaξ
her swylce swe on hleorum.     Hlifiaξ tu
earan ofer eagum.     Ordum ic steppe
in grene grΦs.     Me biξ gyrn witod,
gif mec onhΦle     an onfindeξ
wΦlgrim wiga,     ζΦr ic wic buge,
abold mid bearnum,     ond ic bide ζΦr
mid geoguξcnosle.    Hwonne gΦst cume
to durum minum,     him biζ deaξ witod;
forζon ic sceal of eξle     eaforan mine
forhtmod fergan,     fleame nergan.
Gif he me Φfterweard     ealles weorζeξ—
hine breost beraξ—     ic his bidan ne dear.
reζes on geruman—      (nele ζΦt rΦd teale)—
ac ic sceal fromlice     feζemundum
ζurh steapne beorg      strΦte wyrcan.
Eaζe ic mΦg freora     feorh genergan,
gif ic mΦgburge mot      mine gelΦdan

Bertha Rogers

More than 250 of Bertha Rogers's poems appear in journals and anthologies, including Barrow Street, The MacGuffin, Nimrod International Journal, The Louisville Review, Cimarron Review, Green Mountains Review, ONTHEBUS, The Same, Rattapallax, Pivot, BigCityLit, and others. Her collections include Even the Hemlock: Poe(chapbook, Snark Press, IL, 2004); A House of Corners (Three Conditions Press, Maryland Poetry Review Chapbook Contest Winner, 2000); and  Sleeper, You Wake (Mellen, NY 1991).

Heart Turned Back

Heart Turned Back is about looking and listening; about trying to understand not just humans, but animals and plants and rocks. The poems come from a slow and painstaking education in the things of the world, from learning that we have only a limited time to comprehend, then translate and transform that comprehension into words. The poems love language; they are passionate yet restrained, written in both form and in free verse. Bertha Rogers's poems appear in journals and anthologies and in her four previous collections. She lives in Delhi, New York.

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Book Arts 2007: Bright Hill Center

Cultural Writing. Art. Catalog and Commentary from the 6th Bright Hill Center North American Juried Book Arts Exhibit at Bright Hill Center's Word & Image Gallery, Treadwell, NY. Edited by Bertha Rogers, with commentary by jurors Karen Hanmer and Bertha Rogers.

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Beowulf: Letterpress Edition

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