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Þa stod on stæðe, stiðlice clypode
wicinga ar,wordum mælde,
se on beot abeadbrimliþendra
ærænde to þam eorle,þær he on ofre stod:
“Me sendon to þesæmen snelle,
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heton ðe secganþæt þu most sendan raðe
beagas wið gebeorge;and eow betere is
þæt ge þisne garræsmid gafole forgyldon,
þon we swa heardehilde dælon.
Ne þurfe we us spillan,gif ge spedaþ to þam;
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We willað wið þam goldegrið fæstnian.
Gyf þu þat gerædest,þe her ricost eart,
þæt þu þine leodalysan wille,
syllan sæmannumon hyra sylfra dom
feoh wið freode,and niman frið æt us,

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we willaþ mid þam sceattumus to scype gangan,
on flot feran,and eow friþes healdan.”
Byrhtnoð maþelode,bord hafenode,
wand wacne æsc,wordum mælde,
yrre and anrædageaf him andsware:
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“Gehyrst þu, sælida,hwæt þis folc segeð?
Hi willað eow to gafolegaras syllan,
ættrynne ordand ealde swurd,
þa heregeatuþe eow æt hilde ne deah.
Brimmanna boda,abeod eft ongean,
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sege þinum leodummiccle laþre spell,
þæt her stynt unforcuðeorl mid his werode,
þe wile gealgeaneþel þysne,
Æþelredes eard,ealdres mines,
folc and foldan.Feallan sceolon

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hæþene æt hilde.To heanlic me þinceð
þæt ge mid urum sceattumto scype gangon
unbefohtene,nu ge þus feor hider
on urne eardin becomon.
Ne sceole ge swa softesinc gegangan;
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us sceal ord and ecgær geseman,
grim guðplega,ær we gofol syllon.”

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