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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 11:46 PM
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the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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In Weapons weary of blades | a riddle Entry Tools Rate This Entry
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weary of blades | a riddle
Anglo-Saxon Crystal Ball by Paul Walker


I live alone, wounded by iron,
Struck by a sword, tired of battle-work,
Weary of blades. Often I see war,
Fight a fearsome foe. I crave no comfort,
That safety might come to me out of the war-strife
Before I among men perish completely.
But the forged brands strike me,
Hard-edged and fiercely sharp, the handwork of smiths,
They bite me in the strongholds. I must wait for
A more murderous meeting. Never a physician
In the battlefield could I find
One of those who with herbs healed wounds
But my sword slashes grow greater
Through death blows day and night.
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An extra post this week about weapons. It is one of the riddles from The Exeter Book put into modern English. There is only one surviving manuscript. It contains 94 riddles. It's a simple, powerful poem. Those adjectives are both from Latin. It's also short, stark and blunt. Those adjectives are all from Old English.

This is the answer to the riddle.

Niall

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exeter_Book

The riddles of the Exeter Book

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Saxon_riddles

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Saxon_literature

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_English_language


photo: Anglo-Saxon Crystal Ball by Paul Walker


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