Wulf and Eadwacer by Unknown

The outlanders pursue him as if he were game.
They will kill him if he comes with a troop.
It is otherwise with us.

Wulf is on one island; I, on another.
That island is fast, surrounded by fens.
There are fierce men on this island.
They will kill him if he comes with a troop.
It is otherwise with us.

My thoughts pursued Wulf like a panting hound.
Whenever it rained and I woke, disconsolate,
the bold warrior came: he took me in his arms.
For me there was pleasure but its end was loathsome.
Wulf, O, my Wulf, my ache for you
has made me sick; your infrequent visits
have left me famished, but why should I eat?
Do you hear, Eadwacer? A wolf has borne
our wretched whelp to the woods.
One can easily sunder what never was one:
our song together.

From: http://www.thehypertexts.com/Wulf%20and%20Eadwacer%20Translation.htm

Date: c960-990

By: Unknown

Translated By: Michael R Burch (1958- )

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