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Translation Two Manuscript Section 3a

lines 65-82

The Wanderer 

Translated by Benjamin Thorpe

(lines 65-82)

his share of winters in the world.         The sagacious must be patient,

must not be too ardent,         nor too hurrying of fortune,

nor too faint a soldier,         nor too reckless,         (67)

nor too fearful, nor too elate,         nor too greedy of money,

nor ever too vaunting,         ere he be well experienced.

a man must wait,         when he a promise utters,

till that he, bold of spirit,         well know         (71)

to what his breast's thoughts         shall lead.

The prudent man should understand,         how ghastly it will be,

when all this world's wealth         shall stand waste,

as now divers,         over this mid-earth,         (75)

with wind shaken         walls stand,

with rime bedeck'd:         tottering the chambers,

disturb'd are the joyous halls,         the powerful lie

of joy bereft,         the noble all have fall'n,

the proud ones by the wall.         Some hath war destroy'd,

borne on their journey hence;         one the fowl hath borne away

o'er the deep ocean;         one the hoar wolf         (82)

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