DEOR

( Deor is the lament of a minstrel who has been supplanted in his lord's favour by a rival singer. He seeks comfort by recalling 'old, unhappy, far-off things,' and in the refrain, which is found only here and in Wulf and Eadwacer in Old English poetry, he expresses his hope that his trouble may pass as the troubles of men before him have done.

The poem is interesting not only because of the refrain, but also because it refers to stories which were well known in England, but which have not been preserved for us in English poems.

Weland, the famous smith of Teutonic legend, was carried into captivity by Nithhad, but he avenged himself and escaped. Beadohild, the daughter of Nithhad, was outraged by Weland, but bore a mighty son Widia. Widia is referred to in Waldhere as receiving a reward for aiding Theodric. The Geat's love for Mæthhild is apparently one of the many stories which have been lost. Among the stories which gathered round the historical Theodoric was a story of his thirty years' exile. Probably the passage in Deor refers to this. The rule of Eormanric was oppressive to men, but death ended his sovereignty.

Thinking of these old tales, Deor hopes that he may not always be an unhappy wanderer.]

WELAND, the resolute warrior, had knowledge of exile; he suffered hardships; sorrow and longing he had for companions, wintry cold exile. Often he found woes after Nithhad put compulsion upon him, supple bonds of sinew upon a more excellent man.

That passed away, so may this

Her brothers' death was not so sore upon Beadohild's mind as her own state, when she had clearly seen that she was with child. She could never think with a light heart of what must come of that.

That passed away, so may this.

Many of us have heard that the Geat's love for Mæthhild grew boundless, that his grievous passion wholly reft him of sleep.

That passed away, so may this.

Theodric ruled for thirty years the stronghold of the Merovingians; that was known to many.

That passed away, so may this.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Introduction v
  • Contents xiii
  • Beowulf 1
  • Finnesburh 63
  • Waldhere 65
  • Widsith 67
  • Deor 71
  • The Wanderer 73
  • The Seafarer 76
  • The Wife's Lament 79
  • The Husband's Message 81
  • Wulf and Eadwacer 83
  • The Ruin 84
  • Charms 85
  • Genesis 95
  • Exodus 112
  • Daniel 121
  • Christ and Satan 127
  • Juliana 165
  • The Fates of the Apostles 178
  • Andreas 181
  • Elene 211
  • The Dream of the Rood 235
  • The Phoenix 239
  • Physiologus 252
  • Guthlac 256
  • The Soul's Address to the Body 280
  • Doomsday 284
  • Riddles 289
  • Gnomic Poetry 309
  • The Arts of Men 316
  • The Fates of Men 318
  • Judith 320
  • The Battle of Brunanburh 327
  • The Battle of Maldon 329
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