The Battle of Brunanburh

Verse Indeterminate Saxon

Her Æþelstan cyning,     eorla dryhten,
beorna beahgifa,     and his broþor eac,
Eadmund æþeling,     ealdorlangne tir
geslogon æt sæcce     sweorda ecgum
5ymbe Brunanburh.     Bordweal clufan,
heowan heaþolinde     hamora lafan,
afaran Eadweardes,     swa him geæþele wæs
from cneomægum,     þæt hi æt campe oft
wiþ laþra gehwæne     land ealgodon,
10hord and hamas.     Hettend crungun,
Sceotta leoda     and scipflotan
fæge feollan,     feld dænnede
secga swate,     siðþan sunne up
on morgentid,     mære tungol,
15glad ofer grundas,     godes condel beorht,
eces drihtnes,     oð sio æþele gesceaft
sah to setle.     Þær læg secg mænig
garum ageted,     guma norþerna
ofer scild scoten,     swilce Scittisc eac,
20werig, wiges sæd.     Wesseaxe forð
ondlongne dæg     eorodcistum
on last legdun     laþum þeodum,
heowan herefleman     hindan þearle
mecum mylenscearpan.     Myrce ne wyrndon
25heardes hondplegan     hæleþa nanum
þæra þe mid Anlafe     ofer æra gebland
on lides bosme     land gesohtun,
fæge to gefeohte.     Fife lægun
on þam campstede     cyningas giunge,
30sweordum aswefede,     swilce seofene eac
eorlas Anlafes,     unrim heriges,
flotan and Sceotta.     Þær geflemed wearð
Norðmanna bregu,     nede gebeded,
to lides stefne     litle weorode;
35cread cnear on flot,     cyning ut gewat
on fealene flod,     feorh generede.
Swilce þær eac se froda     mid fleame com
on his cyþþe norð,     Costontinus,
har hilderinc,     hreman ne þorfte
40mæca gemanan;     he wæs his mæga sceard,
freonda gefylled     on folcstede,
beslagen æt sæcce,     and his sunu forlet
on wælstowe     wundun forgrunden,
giungne æt guðe.     Gelpan ne þorfte
45beorn blandenfeax     bilgeslehtes,
eald inwidda,     ne Anlaf þy ma;
mid heora herelafum     hlehhan ne þorftun
þæt heo beaduweorca     beteran wurdun
on campstede     cumbolgehnastes,
50garmittinge,     gumena gemotes,
wæpengewrixles,     þæs hi on wælfelda
wiþ Eadweardes     afaran plegodan.
Gewitan him þa Norþmen     nęgledcnearrum,
dreorig daraða laf,     on Dinges mere
55ofer deop wæter     Difelin secan,
eft Iraland,     æwiscmode.
Swilce þa gebroþer     begen ætsamne,
cyning and æþeling,     cyþþe sohton,
Wesseaxena land,     wiges hremige.
60Letan him behindan     hræw bryttian
saluwigpadan,     þone sweartan hræfn,
hyrnednebban,     and þane hasewanpadan,
earn æftan hwit,     æses brucan,
grædigne guðhafoc     and þæt græge deor,
65wulf on wealde.     Ne wearð wæl mare
on þis eiglande     æfre gieta
folces gefylled     beforan þissum
sweordes ecgum,     þæs þe us secgað bec,
ealde uðwitan,     siþþan eastan hider
70Engle and Seaxe     up becoman,
ofer brad brimu     Brytene sohtan,
wlance wigsmiþas,     Wealas ofercoman,
eorlas arhwate     eard begeatan.