eorşan sceatas cymeğ eft

….. there lay the boat, afloat
under the cliff. The ready men climbed
aboard at the prow, while the waves beat
against the shore; into the ship's hold
they bore their gleaming battle-armor,
their splendid war-gear; the warriors launched
the well-crafted ship on their desired course.
Then over the waves, sped by the wind,
foam ringing its prow, the ship flew on
like a bird, till in time the next day
its curved prow had advanced to the point
where the seafarers could sight the land,
sea-cliffs gleaming, and the craggy bluffs,
the broad headlands. Behind lay the sea,
their crossing over.

SBG 1982:             104 words


Hero & Exile: by Stanley B.Greenfield

…….. Set on the surf,
the sea-craft rode below the crag.
The well-armed warriors embarked,
and ripples swirled the sand about
as they bore their gleaming war-gear
and bright armour to the boat's bosom.
They fended off her timbered frame,
ardent for adventure; and the breeze blew
her foam-throat bows through billows
like a bird. By next break of day
the curve-prowed craft had come so far
the voyagers could view the shore;
the shining cliffs and the sheer fells,
the jutting spits. Their journey then
across the sound was over.

CHW 1997:            93 words

bearm means bosom, not hold; heals means throat, not prow; sund means sound.

FLOTSAM
goods lost in shipwreck and found floating

Anglo-French floteson
[Cassell]



Which way is your ship heading, Sarah ?
from A Readable Beowulf


           

     
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"I do not know whether it is still the fashion to elaborate poems at length, to keep them between being and non-being, suspended for years in the presence of desire; to nourish doubts, scruples and regrets --- so that a work perpetually resumed and recast gradually takes on the secret importance of an exercise in self-reform."
Paul Valéry. The Collected Works, Vol 7, The Art of Poetry, translated by Denise Folliot, Bollingen Foundation 1958, p.140.


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