Now I wish to tell
apart from you—
the kindred of trees
I grew from seeds
within me….

… I must set down
in another land…
the salt streams…

Quite often
in a boat I
sought the spine,
the homes of heroes
where my manly lord
sends me…
across the high yards—

I am now come here
on the ship’s deck,

and now you ought
to know how
you ponder
in your mind
about the pithy love
of my master.

I dare to order
you to locate
a tree glory-fast
there.

What he bids you
request then,
he who cut this wood
so that you would
remember yourself
his promises
treasure-laden

in your wit’s enclosure,
that you two
often spoke of
in days of old,

until you two
were allowed
in the mead-towns
to keep homestead,
to inhabit a single land,
to make love
to each other.

Vendetta drove him
from his triumphant tribe
now he orders you
yourself
be instructed gladly,
to trouble the waters—

afterwards you heard
upon the coastal cliffs
the mournful cuckoo
singing in the boughs.

Do not allow
yourself to end
this journey afterwards,
or a living man
to hinder your course.

Begin to seek
the ocean, the homeland of gulls,
be seated in a seaward
ship, so that you may find
your husband—
to the south hence
across the way of waters,
where your lord is
in your hopes and dreams.

Nor can worldly desire suit him
more in his mind, of this he said to me,
when All-Wielding
God should grant us two…
together afterwards
we are allowed to
before men and friends…

nailed rings—he holds enough
decorous gold…
strangers hold the homeland,
the fair earth….

… heroes, though here my friends…

impelled by need
rushing out on a ship
youthful upon the waves
must go forth
upon the ship-ways,
eager for the trip
must blend sea-currents.

Now the man
has subdued
his woes—

there is no want
of desire in him,
not horses nor treasures,
nor the joys of mead

any of them
across the earth,
an earl’s treasures,

prince’s daughter
if he possesses
both of you
over his ancient vow.

Together I should choose
S and R as one, EA, W and D,
declaring my oath,

so that he wishes
to serve this compact,
this conjugal pact
for all his life-days,
that you two often
spoke about
in days gone by

 

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