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Title:
The earliest English poems; a bilingual edition.
Author:
Alexander, Michael J., editor, translator.
Physical Description:
218 pages : map. ; 21 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780520015043
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Book

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Riddle 25 I'm the world's wonder, for I make women happy - a boon to the neighbourhood, a bane to no one, though I may perhaps prick the one who picks me. I am set well up, stand in a bed, have a roughish root. Rarely (though it happens) a churl's daughter more daring than the rest - and lovelier! - lays hold of me, rushes my red top, wrenches at my head, and lays me in the larder. She learns soon enough, the curly-haired creature who clamps me so, of my meeting with her: moist is her eye! Swings by his thigh a thing most magical! Below the belt, beneath the folds of his clothes it hangs, a hole in its front end, stiff-set and stout, but swivels about. Levelling the head of this hanging instrument, its wielder hoists his hem above the knee: it is his will to fill a well-known hole that it fits fully when at full length. He has often filled it before. Now he fills it again. Excerpted from The Earliest English Poems by Michael Alexander All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.