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саксонский вариант)

 

Her æþelstan cyning, eorla dryhten,

beorna beahgifa, and his broþor eac,

Eadmund æþeling, ealdorlangne tir

geslogon æt sæcce sweorda ecgum

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ymbe Brunanburh. Bordweal clufan,

heowan heaþolinde hamora lafan,

afaran Eadweardes, swa him geæþele wæs

from cneomægum, þæt hi æt campe oft

wiþ laþra gehwæne land ealgodon,

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hord and hamas. Hettend crungun,

Sceotta leoda and scipflotan

fæge feollan, feld dænnede

secga swate, siðþan sunne up

on morgentid, mære tungol,

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glad ofer grundas, godes condel beorht,

eces drihtnes, oð sio æþele gesceaft

sah to setle. þær læg secg mænig

garum ageted, guma norþerna

ofer scild scoten, swilce Scittisc eac,

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werig, wiges sæd. Wesseaxe forð

ondlongne dæg eorodcistum

on last legdun laþum þeodum,

heowan herefleman hindan þearle

mecum mylenscearpan. Myrce ne wyrndon

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heardes hondplegan hæleþa nanum

þæra þe mid Anlafe ofer æra gebland

on lides bosme land gesohtun,

fæge to gefeohte. Fife lægun

on þam campstede cyningas giunge,

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sweordum aswefede, swilce seofene eac

eorlas Anlafes, unrim heriges,

flotan and Sceotta. þær geflemed wearð

Norðmanna bregu, nede gebeded,

to lides stefne litle weorode;

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cread cnear on flot, cyning ut gewat

on fealene flod, feorh generede.

Swilce þær eac se froda mid fleame com

on his cyþþe norð, Costontinus,

har hilderinc, hreman ne þorfte

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mæca gemanan; he wæs his mæga sceard,

freonda gefylled on folcstede,

beslagen æt sæcce, and his sunu forlet

on wælstowe wundun forgrunden,

giungne æt guðe. Gelpan ne þorfte

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beorn blandenfeax bilgeslehtes,

eald inwidda, ne Anlaf þy ma;

mid heora herelafum hlehhan ne þorftun

þæt heo beaduweorca beteran wurdun

on campstede cumbolgehnastes,

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garmittinge, gumena gemotes,

wæpengewrixles, þæs hi on wælfelda

wiþ Eadweardes afaran plegodan.

Gewitan him þa Norþmen nægledcnearrum,

dreorig daraða laf, on Dinges mere

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ofer deop wæter Difelin secan,

eft Iraland, æwiscmode.

Swilce þa gebroþer begen ætsamne,

cyning and æþeling, cyþþe sohton,

Wesseaxena land, wiges hremige.

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Letan him behindan hræw bryttian

saluwigpadan, þone sweartan hræfn,

hyrnednebban, and þane hasewanpadan,

earn æftan hwit, æses brucan,

grædigne guðhafoc and þæt græge deor,

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wulf on wealde. Ne wearð wæl mare

on þis eiglande æfre gieta

folces gefylled beforan þissum

sweordes ecgum, þæs þe us secgað bec,

ealde uðwitan, siþþan eastan hider

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Engle and Seaxe up becoman,

ofer brad brimu Brytene sohtan,

wlance wigsmiþas, Wealas ofercoman,

eorlas arhwate eard begeatan.

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