Riddle 41

Verse Indeterminate Saxon

    edniwu;
þæt is moddor     monigra cynna,
þæs selestan,     þæs sweartestan,
þæs deorestan     þæs þe dryhta bearn
5ofer foldan sceat     to gefean agen.
Ne magon we her in eorþan     owiht lifgan,
nymðe we brucen     þæs þa bearn doð.
Þæt is to geþencanne     þeoda gehwylcum,
wisfæstum werum,     hwæt seo wiht sy.