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olde english rune poem


            FEOH:
wealth is a comfort to one and all,
but he must share it who hopes to cast
his lot for judgment before the lord.

            UR:
the Aurochs is single-minded, with horns
ascending high, a fierce horn-fighter
stamping his moors, a striking beast.

            THORN:
the Thorn is most sharp, an evil thing
to take a grip on, extremely grim
for any man who rests among them.

            OS:
the Mouth is origin of every speech,
support of wisdom and wise men's comfort,
ease and hope to every noble.

            RAD:
Riding for a hero inside the hall
is soft, more strenuous when astride
a great horse pounding the long mile paths.

            CEN:
the Torch, familiar to the living aflame,
is blinding and brilliant; it burns most often
where royal folk are at rest within.

            GYFU:
Giving, to men, is an ornament
displaying worth – and to every outcast
without any other is substance and honour.

            WYN:
Joy is for one who knows little of woe,
unhampered by sorrow he will have
bright fruits and bliss and buildings enough.

            HAEGL:
Hail is whitest of grains.
It whirls from the sky
whipped by the gusting wind,
then turns into water.

            NYD:
Need is a tight band on the breast, but it often
can be
turned into an omen of help, if attended to
early.

            IS:
Ice is over-cold, very slippery.
it glistens like glass, most like a jewel,
a floor made of frost, fair to see.

            GER:
the Season is hopeful when heaven's king
allows the fields to blossom forth
a bright abundance for rich and poor.

            EOH:
Yew on the outside is an un-smooth tree,
but strong and firm, the fires' guardian,
upheld by deep roots, a joy to the home.

            PEORTH:
a lively Tune means laughter and games
where brave folk sit in the banquet hall,
birth–giving wives blithe together.

            EOLH–SECG:
Eel–Grass grows most often in fen,
waxes in water, grimly wounds,
burning with stripes of blood the one
who tries to get a grip on it.

            SIGEL:
the Sun to seafarers always means hope,
when they ferry across the fishes' bath
till the horse of the sea brings them to harbour.


            TIR:
Tir is a special sign. With princes
it keeps faith well, is ever on course
over the night's dark; it never fails.

            BEORC:
the Poplar is fruit–less, even so puts forth
shoots without seeding, has shining branches
high in an ornamented helmet,
laden with leaves, in touch with the sky.

            EH:
the Horse before peers is a princely joy
stepping out proudly when spoken of
by wealthy riders all around him –
and to one who's unquiet he is ever a comfort.

            MAN:
a Man in his gladness is dear to his kinsman;
yet each must fail the friend he loves
for the lord in his judgment will allot
that unfortunate flesh to the earth.

            LAGU:
Water to lands-men seems overly long
if they must go on the galloping ship,
and the sea–waves scare them excessively,
and the horse of the sea heeds not his bridle.

            ING:
Ing at first was seen by folk
among the East Danes, till afterwards he
went over the waves, followed his wagon.
thus the Heardings named this hero.

            ETHEL:
Home is beloved of everyone human,
if there he may properly and in peace
enjoy in the hall a frequent harvest.

            DAEG:
Day, God's message, is dear to men:
the great lord's light means gladness and hope
to rich and poor, a profit to all.

            AC:
Oak on this earth is useful to men
as fodder for pigs - and often it fares
on the gannet's bath, where the spear–sharp sea
tests if the oak has noble timber.

            AESC:
the Ash looms high, beloved of men
in a firm position holds well to its place
though many foes advance to fight it.

            YR:
the Bow is a joy to princes and nobles,
a reminder of worth, looks well on a steed,
quick in its course, fine equipment.

            IAR:
the Beaver is a river–fish. Though it always ranges
for food on land, it has a fair dwelling
lapped round by water, where it lives happily.

            EAR:
the Dust is dreadful to every noble.
when suddenly the flesh begins
to cool, and the corpse must choose the earth
as bleak bed-fellow. Bright fruits fall,
joys pass away, covenants fail


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