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hronæs ban   

fisc * flodu *  ahof on ferg 

enberig

warÞ ga: sric grorn Þær he on greut giswom

mægi

whalebone

the fish beat up the seas on the mountainous cliff

The king of terror became sad when he swam onto the shingle

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oÞlæ  unneg

romwalus and reumwalus twægen

gibroÞær

af oe ddæ hiæ wylif in romæcæstri :

far from home

Romulus and Remus, twain brothers

the she-wolf fed them in Rom

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herh os sit æÞ on hærm bergæ a gl[ac]

drigiÞ swa

hir I erta egisgraf særden sorgæ a-

nd sefa tomæ

risci         bita          wuÞu

the wood-god sits on harm´s mountain.

causing ill fortune, as Erta demanded,

they cause sorrow and heartache

twig       bitter     wood

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her fegtaÞ

titus end giuÞeasu     HIC FUGIANT HIERUSALIM

afitatores

dom          gisl

here fight

Titus and the Jews - her flee Jerusalem

inhabitants

doom       hostage

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