Runic Signature for Cynewulf’s “Fates of the Apostles” by Cynewulf

You who please      your keenness with poems,
read closely here:      can you discover
this verse’s framer?
      1
finishes.
Nobles enjoy it on earth,      but not without end,
worldly ones.
      2
must fail
      3
in our strongholds      once our bodies scatter
their loaned treasure,      like
      3
trickling through fingers.
Then
      5
and ear      require
      6
skill
in night’s narrow cell;
      7
drives your craft,
a kingly servitude.      Now can you see
who shrewd words have      shown to men?
Remember my name,      O you who admire
the sound of this song;      help succor me
and pray for my comfort.      Soon I must pass
alone, away      to look for a dwelling,
must travel so far      (no telling where!)
beyond this world      to a yet-unknown
place in the earth.      So must each person,
unless he is granted      God-sent grace.
Let us call to God      again, more eager,
begging his blessing      in this bright creation:
may we be welcomed      to his warm halls,
his home on high.      There is holiest happiness,
there the king of angels      crowns the pure
with a perishless prize.      Now his praise endures
masterful and marvelous,      and his might extends
endless and ageless      over all creation.      finit.

From: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/detail/54752

Date: 9th century (original in Anglian dialect); 2011 (translation in English)

By: Cynewulf (9th century)

Translated by: Robert Hasenfratz (19??- ) and V. Penelope Pelizzon (1967- )

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