Bd Oxford, Bodleian Library, Bodley 163[1]

A semi-diplomatic transcription of the final scribal state

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    [N]u[2] ƿe scu[lon] [he]an·|      [he]ofo[nr]ı[c]ae[s] [ƿear]d·|

    [metodes] [mı]h[t]e      ond hıs| [modgeþanc]

    [ƿ]e[or]c| [ƿuldorfæder]      [s]ƿa| [he] [ƿundra] [ge]hƿylc·[3]|

    [ece] [drıhten]      ord[4]| [astealde]

5     [He] [æ]r[e]st| [ges]eop      [yl]da bearnum·|

    [heo]fon [to] hrofe·[5]|      [halıg] [scıp]pend|

    [mid]danea[r]de      [mon|cynnes] [ƿeard]

    [e]ce| [drıhten]      [æfte]r tida|

    [fır]um on foldum·|      [fre]a ælmıhtig·|


[1]The transcription in Frampton 1924 (4-5, n. 3) differs from that presented here in the interpretation of a number of damaged and partially visible letters. The poor quality of the surviving text makes final determination of letter forms next to impossible.

[2]Nu... ælmıhtig·|] Text has been badly damaged by trimming and attempt at erasure.

[3][ge]hƿylc·|] With <y> corrected from <ı> and <c> corrected from <ı>.

[4]ord|] Impossible to say whether this word was preceded by a <ƿ> as in the probably related W. See above, Chapter 4: Manuscripts (Bd).

[5]hrofe·|] Descender of what is probably an initial <h> is visible to the left of the <r>.