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  • 1.

  •  I'm by nature solitary,
    scarred by spear
    and wounded by sword, weary of battle.
    I frequently see the face of war, and fight
    hateful enemies; yet I hold no hope
    of help being brought to me in the battle,
    before I'm eventually done to death.
    In the stronghold of the city sharp-edged swords,
    skillfully forged in the flame by smiths
    bite deeply into me. I can but await
    a more fearsome encounter; it is not for me
    to discover in the city any of those doctors
    who heal grievous wounds with roots and herbs.
    The scars from sword wounds gape wider and wider
    death blows are dealt me by day and by night.




  • 2.  

  • I'm told a certain object grows
    in the corner, rises and expands, throws up
    a crust. A proud wife carried off
    that boneless wonder, the daughter of a king
    covered that swollen thing with a cloth.




    1. 3.  

    1. Wob's my name if you work it out;
      I'm a fair creature fashioned for battle
      When I bend and shoot my deadly shaft
      from my stomach, I desire only to send
      that poison as far away as possible.
      When my lord, who devised this torment for me,
      releases my limbs, I become longer
      and, bent upon slaughter, spit out
      that deadly poison I swallowed before.
      No man's parted easily from the object
      I describe; if he's struck by what flies
      from my stomach, he pays for its poison
      with his strength - speedy atonement for his life
      I'll serve no master when unstrung, only when
      I'm cunningly nocked. Now guess my name.


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  • Term

        1.                                 4.
        1.           On the way a miracle:                                             water become bone.










    1. 5.  
    1. Favoured by men, I am found far and wide,
      taken from woods and the heights of the town,
      From high and from low. during each day
      bees brought me through the bright sky
      skillfully home to a shelter. Soon after that
      I was taken by men and bathed in a tub.
      Now I blind them and chasten them, and cast
      a young man at once to the ground,
      and sometimes an old one too.
      He who struggles against my strength,
      he who dares grapple with me, discovers immediately
      that he will hit the hard floor with his back
      if he persists with such stupidity.
      Deprived of his strength and strangely loquacious,
      he's a fool, who rules neither his mind
      nor his hands nor his feet.
      Now ask me, my friends,
      who knocks young men stupid,
      and as his slave binds them
      in broad waking daylight?
      Yes ask me my name.








    1. 6. 
    1.  On earth there's a warrior of curious origin.

  • He's created, gleaming, by two dumb creatures
  • for the benefit of men. Foe bears him against foe
  • to inflict harm. Women often fetter him,
    1. strong as he is. If maidens and men

    1. care for him with due consideration

    1. and feed him frequently, he'll faithfully obey them

    1. and serve them well. Men succour him for the warmth

    1. he offers in return; but this warrior will savage

    1. anyone who permits him to become too proud.









    • Fire




    1. 7.  
    1. The dank earth, wondrously cold,

  • first delivered me from her womb.
  • I know in my mind I wasn't made
    1. from wool, skillfully fashioned with skeins.

    1. Neither warp nor weft wind about me,

    1. no thread thrums for me in the thrashing loom,

    1. nor does a shuttle rattle for me,

    1. nor does the weaver's rod bang and beat me.

    1. Silkworms didn't spin with their strange craft for me,

    1. those strange creatures that embroider cloth of gold.

    1. Yet men will affirm all over this earth

    1. that I am an excellent garment.

    1. O wise man, weigh your words

    1. well, and say what this object is.









    • Mail shirt



    1. 8. 
    1.  A woman, young and lovely,
    1.  often locked me

  • in a chest; she took me out at times,
  • lifted me with fair hands and gave me
    1. to her loyal lord, fulfilling his desire.

    1. Then he stuck his head well inside me,

    1. pushed it upwards into the smallest part.

    1. It was my fate, adorned as I was, to be filled

    1. with something rough if that person who possessed me

    1. was virile enough. Now guess what I mean.










    • Helmet



    1. 9. 
    1.  A strange thing hangs by man's hip,

    1. hidden by a garment. It has a hole

  • in its head. It is stiff and strong

    1. and its firm bearing reaps a reward.

    1. When the retainer hitches his clothing

    1. high above his knee, he wants the head

    1. of that hanging thing to find the old hole

    1. that it, outstretched, has often filled before.











    • Key




    I saw a creature: his stomach stuck out behind him,
    enormously swollen. A stalwart servant
    waited upon him. What filled his stomach
    had travelled from afar, and flew through his eye.
    He does not always die in giving life
    to others, but new strength revives
    in the pit of his stomach: he breathes again.
    He fathers a son; he's his own father also.







    • Bellows


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