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Merck toch hoe sterck (English (Old English) translation)

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Gíem Hú Sƿíð

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Gíem, hú sƿíð nú hé in ƿeorce sƿincð
Sé þe sƿá ƿið úrum fréodóme gefohten ealneg
Geseoh hú hé þéoƿað, græfð and stæpeð mid stræce
For úrum gódum and blóde on úrum burᵹum
 
Gehíer þá Ispániscan hornas1 sƿégende!
Gehíer þá Móriscan bíeman!
Geseoh hú hé forþcymeð
Beorᵹas2 tó ƿeardienne
 
Beorᵹas on Séame3 belíf getríeƿe
Ofheald þá Ispániscan gemang
Lǽt þæs landes gemǽre and his stréamas
Getríeƿlíće béon gehealden!
 
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Þæt bealdan, blódigan, ƿédende sƿeord
Scán and sƿégde þæt fram him spearcan fluᵹon
Ácƿeććende and hrérende, úpáhebbende þá eorðan
Ƿundor, þunor, þá þe niðre ƿæs nú bið ofer
 
Þurh grafende and þám sceotum
Þæt þe man dæglíće gehíerde
Manig án Ispánisc in his ćýtan
In his blóde geþrysmed
 
Beorᵹas on Séame belíf getríeƿe
Ofheald þá Ispániscan gemang
Lǽt þæs landes gemǽre and his stréamas
Getríeƿlíće béon gehealden!
 
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Þá geoluréades þe fuhton þá Ispániscan
Tó fordrífenne þæt stræc fram þám felda sƿá ƿer
Ac hƿænne Spinola hæfde bí hit gehíered
Fléah hé on fótum ofostlíće mid his eallum mannum
 
Cordoba ofostlíće rinð forð
Ne ƿéneð þæt hé þǽr meahte geƿinnan
Hláford Felasco4 ƿédde
Þæt fleax ne meahte gespunnen béon
 
Beorᵹas on Séame belíf getríeƿe
Ofheald þá Ispániscan gemang
Lǽt þæs landes gemǽre and his stréamas
Getríeƿlíće béon gehealden!
 
  • 1. I couldn't find an Old English word for drum. The closest was "timpana" which means small drum or timbrel, which I felt didn't fit well in this context. So, I used the word horn instead.
  • 2. Direct translation of the Dutch word "bergen."
  • 3. Word-for-word translation of Bergen op Zoom (mountains on the edge) into Old English.
  • 4. The letter V didn't exist in Old English, so I substituted it with the closest equivalent.
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Submitted by Ænglisc_ÞegnÆnglisc_Þegn on Sat, 13/08/2022 - 10:20
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Merck toch hoe sterck

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