Anglo-Saxon Riddles of the Exeter Book/31
|I saw a thing in the dwellings of men
that feeds the cattle; has many teeth.
The beak is useful to it; it goes downwards,
ravages faithfully; pulls homewards;
hunts along walls; reaches for roots.
Always it finds them, those which are not fast;
lets them, the beautiful, when they are fast,
stand in quiet in their proper places,
brightly shining, growing, blooming.
|Ic wiht geseah in wera burgum|
seo þæt feoh fedeð hafað fela toþa
nebb biþ hyre æt nytte niþerweard gongeð
hiþeð holdlice to ham tyhð
wæþeð geond weallas wyrte seceð
āa heo þa findeð þa þe fæst ne biþ
læteð hio þa wlitigan wyrtum fæste
stille stondan on staþolwonge
beorhte blican blowan growan