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Excerpt from The Battle of Maldon: Byrhtnoð’s Flyting
Old English = Anglo-Saxon ( called “Anglisc” by the Normans ).
Ll. 42-73 of The Battle of Maldon, starting with Byrhtnoð’s reply to the Viking messenger who declares an offer to avoid fighting in return for payment, and ending just before the actual action begins.
Something of a translation:
Byrhtnoð broke into speech; grasping his shield he brandished his supple spear, spoke words; angry and resolute he gave him (the Viking messenger) his answer: "Do you hear, sea-goer, what this folk says? They wish to gift you spears, poisonous point and old sword; the kind of war-gear that shall not avail you in battle! Seamen’s messenger, bring back word, tell your people much worse tidings: that here stands an honourable man with his host, who will defend this country, Æþelred’s land, my lord’s folk and field. The heathens shall fall in battle! Too disgraceful do I deem it that you should go to your ships with our wealth, unopposed, now you have come so far hither unto our soil; you shall not go so easily with the treasure: weapon’s point and edge shall settle our dispute, bitter warplay, before we pay tribute!” Then he bade shields be borne, warriors walk, so that they all stood on the riverbank. Neither host could come to the other because of the water; the tide came flooding in after the ebb; the waterways locked together. Too long they thought it took until they could bring their spears together. There by the Pant’s (now known as Blackwater) stream they stood arrayed, the East-Saxon front and the enemy’s spearmen. No one could harm their opponents save through the flight of an arrow felling its target. The tide retreated; then the seafarers stood ready, many a Viking eager for fighting.