The Meters of Boethius: Meter 9

Verse Indeterminate Saxon

Hwæt, we ealle witon     hwelce ærleste
ge neah ge feor     Neron worhte,
Romwara cyning,     þa his rice wæs
hehst under heofonum,     to hryre monegum.
5Wælhreowes gewed     wæs ful wide cuð,
unrihthæmed,     arleasta fela,
man and morðor,     misdæda worn,
unrihtwises     inwidþoncas.
He het him to gamene     geara forbærnan
10Romana burig,     sio his rices wæs
ealles eðelstol.     He for unsnyttrum
wolde fandian     gif þæt fyr meahte
lixan swa leohte     and swa longe eac,
read rasettan,     swa he Romane
15secgan geherde     þæt on sume tide
Troia burg     ofertogen hæfde
lega leohtost,     lengest burne
hama under hefonum.     Næs þæt herlic dæd,
þæt hine swelces gamenes     gilpan lyste,
20þa he ne earnade     elles wuhte,
buton þæt he wolde     ofer werðiode
his anes huru     anwald cyðan.
Eac hit gesælde     æt sumum cierre
ðæt se ilca het     ealle acwellan
25þa ricostan     Romana witan
and þa æþelestan     eorlgebyrdum
þe he on þæm folce     gefrigen hæfde,
and on uppan     agene broðor
and his modor mid     meca ecgum,
30billum ofbeatan.     He his bryde ofslog
self mid sweorde,     and he symle wæs
micle þe bliðra     on breostcofan
þonne he swylces morðres     mæst gefremede.
Nalles sorgode     hwæðer siððan a
35mihtig drihten     ametan wolde
wrece be gewyrhtum     wohfremmendum,
ac he on ferðe fægn     facnes and searuwa
wælriow wunode.     Wiold emne swa þeah
ealles þisses mæran     middangeardes,
40swa swa lyft and lagu     land ymbclyppað,
garsecg embegyrt     gumena rice,
secgea sitlu,     suð, east and west,
oð ða norðmestan     næssan on eorðan;
eall þæt Nerone     nede oððe lustum,
45heaðorinca gehwilc,     heran sceolde.
He hæfde him to gamene,     þonne he on gylp astag,
hu he eorðcyningas     yrmde and cwelmde.
Wenst ðu þæt se anwald     eaðe ne meahte
godes ælmihtiges     þone gelpscaðan
50rice berædan     and bereafian
his anwaldes     ðurh þa ecan meaht,
oððe him his yfeles     elles gestioran?
Eala, gif he wolde,     ðæt he wel meahte,
þæt unriht him     eaðe forbiodan!
55Eawla, þæt se hlaford     hefig gioc slepte
sware on þa swyran     sinra ðegena,
ealra ðara hæleða     þe on his tidum
geond þas lænan worold     liban sceoldon.
He on unscyldgum     eorla blode
60his sweord selede     swiðe gelome;
ðær wæs swiðe sweotol,     þæt we sædon oft,
þæt se anwald ne deð     awiht godes
gif se wel nele     þe his geweald hafað.