Anglo-Saxon Riddles of the Exeter Book/8
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.
Probably Fire, the two dumb things (l. 2) being flint and steel.