Wulf and Eadwacer – Reading

Wulf and Eadwacer

Leodum is minum   swylce him mon lac gife;
willað hy hine aþecgan,   gif he on þreat cymeð.
Ungelic is us.
Wulf is on iege,   ic on oþerre.
Fæst is þæt eglond,   fenne biworpen.
Sindon wælreowe   weras þær on ige;
willað hy hine aþecgan,   gif he on þreat cymeð.
Ungelice is us.
Wulfes ic mines widlastum   wenum dogode;
þonne hit wæs renig weder   ond ic reotugu sæt,
þonne mec se beaducafa   bogum bilegde,
wæs me wyn to þon,   wæs me hwæþre eac lað.
Wulf, min Wulf,   wena me þine
seoce gedydon,   þine seldcymas,
murnende mod,   nales meteliste.
Gehyrest þu, Eadwacer?   Uncerne earne hwelp
bireð wulf to wuda.
þæt mon eaþe tosliteð   þætte næfre gesomnad wæs,
uncer giedd geador.

Glossary

aþecgan = receive, consume
beaducafa = bold-in-battle, warrior
bilegde = enfolded
bireð = carries
biworpen = surrounded
bogum = (with) arms
dogode = endured, suffered
eaþe = easily
earne (i.e. earg-ne) = wretched (acc.)
eglond = island
fæst = fast, well-defended
fenne = fen, wetland
geador = together
gedydon = made
gehyrest = do you hear?
gesomnad = together, assembled
giedd = story, song
gife = gift
hwæþre = however
hwelp = whelp, cub
ige, iege = island
lað = unpleasant
lac = sacrifice, victim
leodum = people (dat. pl.)
meteliste = lack of food
mod = mind, heart
murnende = mourning
nales = not at all
oþerre = another, the other
renig = rainy
reotugu = sad
seldcymas = rare visits
seoce = sick
toslite = tear asunder
þætte = (i.e þæt þe) = that which
þreat = band, armed group. on þreat cymeð = comes upon (their) troop
ungelic = different, not the same (adj). ungelic(e) is us = our fates are different
ungelice = different, not the same (adv)
wælreowe = bloodthirsty
weder = weather
wena = hopes
widlastum = wideranging
wuda = woods
wyn = joy

See my translation post here:

Wulf and Eadwacer Translation

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