Anglo-Saxon Riddles of the Exeter Book/79
|I am hard and sharp, strong in entering,
bold in coming out, good and true to my lord.
I go in underneath and myself open up
the proper way. The warrior is in haste
who pushes me from behind a hero with his dress.
Sometimes he draws me out, hot from the hole.
Sometimes I go back in the narrow place—
I know not where. A southern man
drives me hard. Say what my name is.
|Ic eom heard on scearp strong ·|
forðsiþes from frean unforcuð
wade under wambe me weg sylfa
ryhtne geryme rinc bið on ofeste
se mec on þyð æftanweardne
hæleð mid hrægle hwilum ut tyhð
of hole hatne hwilum eft
on nearo nathwær nydeþ swiþe
suþerne secg saga hwæt ic hatte