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Durham - Old English Anglo Saxon Poem

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Uploaded on Dec 28, 2011

This is a reading of an Old English poem about the town of Durham in Northern England. I have included a modern English translation. Durham is now a University town full of young students and beautiful medieval architecture as well as the wonderful natural surroundings described back in Norman times.

Is ðeos burch breome geond Breotenrice,
steppa gestaðolad, stanas ymbutan
wundrum gewæxen. Weor ymbeornad,
ea yðum stronge, and ðer inne wunað
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feola fisca kyn on floda gemonge.
And ðær gewexen is wudafæstern micel;
wuniad in ðem wycum wilda deor monige,
in deope dalum deora ungerim.
Is in ðere byri eac bearnum gecyðed
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ðe arfesta eadig Cudberch
and ðes clene cyninges heafud,
Osuualdes, Engle leo, and Aidan biscop,
Eadberch and Eadfrið, æðele geferes.
Is ðer inne midd heom æðelwold biscop
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and breoma bocera Beda, and Boisil abbot,
ðe clene Cuthberte on gecheðe
lerde lustum, and he his lara wel genom.
Eardiæð æt ðem eadige in in ðem minstre
unarimeda reliquia,
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ðær monia wundrum gewurðað, ðes ðe writ seggeð,
midd ðene drihnes wer domes bideð.

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