English Writers: An Attempt Towards a History of English Literature - Vol. 2

English Writers: An Attempt Towards a History of English Literature - Vol. 2

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English Writers: An Attempt Towards a History of English Literature - Vol. 2

English Writers: An Attempt Towards a History of English Literature - Vol. 2

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Widsith.

WIDSITH--Farway--whose name signifies his travel into distant lands--

Widsith unlocked his word-hoard; and then spake

He among men whose travel over earth

Was farthest through the tribes and through the folks:

Treasure to be remembered came to him

Often in hall.

Among the Myrgings, nobles gave him birth.

In his first journey he, with E lhhild,

The pure peacemaker, sought the fierce king's home,

Eastward of Ongle, home of Eormanric,

The wrathful treaty-breaker."

What poet was he whose song has this beginning? When did he live, and whither did he wander? Was he one person, or were there gathered under his name fragments of travel-song that are not all from one man or one time?

The poem has come down to us in a single transcript. It is in a collection of English poems given to his cathedral . . .

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