oe poetry (forwarding too long message)

deborah deborah at suberic.net
Sun Feb 8 22:52:01 EST 2004

Forwarding this for Alexandra.  It bounced because the whole digest was
attached.  :)

Ta for the links, Alexandra!

There were green alligators, and long necked geese
Humpty-backed camels and chimpanzees
Cats and rats and elephants, but Lord, I'm so forlorn
I just can't find no unicorn.		-- Shel Silverstein

From: alexandra.bolintineanu at ...
Subject: Old English Poem

The Old English poem that the tag belongs to is Deor.  Its narrator, a
(recently unemployed) court poet, enumerates the misfortunes of a number
of legendary characters in order to put his own unlucky lot into
perspective.  At the end of each episode of misfortune he notes, "that
passed, this may also pass."

An Old English edition can be found at


And a translation into modern English at




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