The Meters of Boethius: Proem

Verse Indeterminate Saxon

ðus ælfred us     ealdspell reahte,
cyning Westsexna,     cræft meldode,
leoðwyrhta list.     Him wæs lust micel
ðæt he ðiossum leodum     leoð spellode,
5monnum myrgen,     mislice cwidas,
þy læs ælinge     ut adrife
selflicne secg,     þonne he swelces lyt
gymð for his gilpe.     Ic sceal giet sprecan,
fon on fitte,     folccuðne ræd
10hæleðum secgean.     Hliste se þe wille!