Anglo-Saxon Riddles of the Exeter Book/38
|I know a something that stands firm on the ground,
deaf and dumb, that by day often swallows
from the servant’s hand useful gifts.
Sometimes in the towns the dark thane,
swarthy and dun-faced, sends more of these
into its mouth, dearer than gold,
which men of rank often desire,
kings and queens. I will not now yet
name his nature who for use and profit
of doughty men makes what the dumb thing
(that dun-faced nitwit) first swallows up.
|Ic wat eardfæstne anne standan|
deafne dumban se oft dæges swilgeð
þurh gopes hond gifrum lacum
hwilū wicum se wonna þegn
sweart saloneb sendeð oþre
under goman him golde dyrran
þa æþelingas oft wilniað
cyningas cwene Ic cyn nu gen
nemnan ne wille þe him to nytte swa
to dugþum doþ se dumba her
eorp unwita ær
Probably Bake-oven; but Bookcase has been proposed. Perhaps both, for the sake of promoting argument.