The Death of Alfred

Verse Indeterminate Saxon

Her com Ælfred, se unsceððiga æþeling, Æþelrædes
sunu cinges, hider inn and wolde to his meder, þe on Win-
cestre sæt, ac hit him ne geþafode Godwine eorl, ne ec oþre
men þe mycel mihton wealdan, forðan hit hleoðrode þa
5swiðe toward Haraldes, þeh hit unriht wære.
Ac Godwine hine þa gelette     and hine on hæft sette,
and his geferan he todraf,     and sume mislice ofsloh;
sume hi man wið feo sealde,     sume hreowlice acwealde,
sume hi man bende,     sume hi man blende,
10sume hamelode,     sume hættode.
Ne wearð dreorlicre dæd     gedon on þison earde,
syþþan Dene comon     and her frið namon.
Nu is to gelyfenne     to ðan leofan gode,
þæt hi blission     bliðe mid Criste
15þe wæron butan scylde     swa earmlice acwealde.
Se æþeling lyfode þa gyt;     ælc yfel man him gehet,
oðþæt man gerædde     þæt man hine lædde
to Eligbyrig     swa gebundenne.
Sona swa he lende,     on scype man hine blende,
20and hine swa blindne     brohte to ðam munecon,
and he þar wunode     ða hwile þe he lyfode.
Syððan hine man byrigde,     swa him wel gebyrede,
ful wurðlice,     swa he wyrðe wæs,
æt þam westende,     þam styple ful gehende,
25on þam suðportice;     seo saul is mid Criste.