“Deor”
from The Exeter Book

1.    Weland to him by a multitude     exile experienced,
    the resolute nobleman     hardship endured,
    had as a companion    sorrow and longing,
    wintry-cold misery;    in thought often found this,
5.    after Nidhad on him    eagerly put,
    lithe sinew-bands    on the better man.
    That was overcome, so may this be!
    
            
    Beadohilde was not    for her brother’s death
    in heart so grievous    as for her self’s deed,
10.    that she clearly     recognized
    that she was pregnant;     always she was not able
    to shamelessly consider,    how she should act concerning that.
    That was overcome, so may this be!

    Many heard of Maedhilde,     the Geat’s lady,
15.    that her sad love    became so bottomless that she slept within herself.
    That was overcome, so may this be!

    Theodric had control     thirty winters
    in Maering’s city;    that was to many known.
20.    That was overcome, so may this be!

    We heard of      Eormanric’s
    wolfish thought;    he had far and wide people in
    the kingdom of the Goths.    That was a grim king.
    Sat many men        held fast by sorrow
25.    with misery in thought,    who wished frequently
    that this kingdom    were overcome.
    That was overcome, so may this be!

    He sits sorrowful,        deprived of happiness,
    heart darkening,    to himself seems
30.    that it be endless        his part of hardship.
    Then he may ponder,        that throughout this world
    the wise Lord        directs often,
    to noblemen         prosperity,
    wise glory,        and some portion of misfortune.
35.     That I by myself    will tell,
    that I for a time was     Heodenig’s singer,
    dear to the lord.        I was named Deor.
    Had I for many winters        a good retinue,
    and a gracious lord,        until Heorrenda now,
40.     a people skilled man        received the right to land,
    that the protector of warriors         formerly gave to me.
    That was overcome, so may this be!