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Riddle 25

I'm the world's wonder, for I make women happy

- a boon to the neighbourhood, a bane to no one,

though I may perhaps prick the one who picks me.

I am set well up, stand in a bed,

have a roughish root. Rarely (though it happens)

a churl's daughter more daring than the rest

- and lovelier! - lays hold of me,

rushes my red top, wrenches at my head,

and lays me in the larder.

She learns soon enough,

the curly-haired creature who clamps me so,

of my meeting with her: moist is her eye!

Swings by his thigh a thing most magical!

Below the belt, beneath the folds

of his clothes it hangs, a hole in its front end,

stiff-set and stout, but swivels about.

Levelling the head of this hanging instrument,

its wielder hoists his hem above the knee:

it is his will to fill a well-known hole

that it fits fully when at full length.

He has often filled it before. Now he fills it again.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140445947
Translator:
Alexander, Michael
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
Alexander, Michael
Author:
Alexander, Michael
Author:
Anonymous
Author:
Various
Location:
London ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
English poetry (collections)
Subject:
English poetry
Subject:
Middle english, 1100-1500
Subject:
Modernized versions
Subject:
English poetry -- Old English, ca. 450-1100 -- Modernized versions.
Subject:
English poetry -- Old English, ca. 450-1100.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
244
Publication Date:
19920131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.92x5.12x.45 in. .34 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 192 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140445947 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Michael Alexander has translated old English poetry into modern English and into a verse form that retains the qualities of Anglo-Saxon metre and alliteration. Included in this selection are the heroic poems such as "Wildsith", "Deor", "Brunanburn" and "Maldon" and passages from "Beowulf".
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