riddle 27

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.

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).

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