Freezing shall beget frost,
fire eat wood,
earth grow and swell,
ice bridge over—
water wear a helm—,
and wondrously lock
seeds into earth.
One shall unbind
God, first in might.
Winter shall run off,
good weather come again,
summer swell hot
and the seas unstill.
Death and the dead way
will longest be dark.
Holly shall enflame,
inheritance deal out
from a dead man.
Holy doom will be the best end.
King shall with cattle and cups and rings
buy a queen. Both shall foremost be
generous givers. Gall and war shall wax
within warrior, and woman shall grow
loved in her land, be light in mood,
hold secrets close, heap horses and treasure
with devoted heart—, when dispensing mead
anywhere always among warriors
herald first her home's lord,
fill his hand first with cup,
reaching quickly—, and reason with him wisely,
united both as housemasters.
Ships shall be nailed, shields bound
of light linden-board: her love a welcome guest
to a Frisian's wife when his floating ship stands docked.
His ship will come and her man come home, —
her own provider,— and she will call him inside,
wash his worn clothes and wrap him in new robes—
lower to him, landed, what his love bids.
Forst sceal fréosan,
fýr wudu meltan,
eorðe grówan, ís brycgian—
wæter helm wegan—, wundrum lúcan
eorðan čiðas. Án sceal on-bindan
forstes fetera, fela-mihtig God;
winter sceal ge-weorpan, weder eft cuman,
sumor swegle hát, sund un-stille.
Déoþ déada weg dierne biþ lengest;
holen sceal on-ǽled, ierfe ge-dǽled
déades mannes. Dóm biþ sélest.
Cyning sceal mid čéaþe cwéne ge-bycgan,
bunum and béagum; bú sculon ǽrest
giefum gód wesan. Gúþ sceal on eorle,
wíg ge-weaxan and wíf ge-þéon
léof mid hire léodnum, léoht-mód wesan,
rúne healdan, rúm-heort béòn
méarum and máðmum, medu-rǽdenne
for ge-síþ-mægen simble ǽg-hwǽr
eodor æðelinga ǽrest ge-grétan,
forman fulle to fréàn hand
recene ge-rǽčan, and him rǽd witan,
bold-ágendum bǽm æt-samne.
Scip sceal genægled, scield ge-bundan,
léoht linda bord, léof will-cuma,
Frísan wífe, þonne flota standeþ;
biþ his čéol cumen and hire čeorl to hám,
ágen ǽt-giefa, and héo hine inn laðaþ,
wæsceþ his wárig hrægl and him seleþ wæde
lihþ him on lande þæs his