Riddle 34 comes to us from Corinne Dale. Corinne is a PhD student at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she works on riddles and eco-criticism.
Ic wiht geseah in wera burgum
seo þæt feoh fedeð. Hafað fela toþa;
nebb biþ hyre æt nytte, niþerweard gongeð,
hiþeð holdlice ond to ham tyhð,
5 wæþeð geond weallas, wyrte seceð;
aa heo þa findeð þa þe fæst ne biþ;
læteð hio þa wlitigan, wyrtum fæste,
stille stondan on staþolwonge,
beorhte blican, blowan ond growan.
I saw a creature in men’s dwellings,
the one who feeds the herds. It has many teeth;
its nose is at use; downward it goes,
plunders faithfully and proceeds towards home,
5 hunts through walls, seeks plants.
It always finds the ones that are not firmly rooted;
it lets the beautiful ones, firm in their roots,
stand still in their foundations,
shine brightly, bloom and grow.
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