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8 (k-d 50)


A warrior is wondrously     brought into the world
for the use of lords     by two dumb things;
brightly extracted,     which for his hurt
foe bears against foe.     Strong though he is
a woman binds him.     He obeys them well,
serves them quietly,     if maids and men
tend him duly,     feed him fairly.
He exalts them in comfort     for their joy in life,
grimly rewards one     who lets him grow proud.











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Wiga is on eorþan     wundrum acenned
dryhtum to nytte     of dumbum twam
torht atyhted     þone on teon wigeð
feond his feonde     fer strangne oft
wif hine wrið     he him wel hereð
þeowaþ him geþwære     gif him þegniað
mægeð mæcgas     mid gemete ryhte ·
fedað hine fægre     he him fremum stepeð
life on lissum     leanað grimme
þe hine wloncne     weorþan læteð

Probably Fire, the two dumb things (l. 2) being flint and steel.