Battle of Maldon

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The Battle of Maldon is an Old English poem describing a Danish incursion into Essex from the perspective of the Anglo-Saxon force vainly attempting to defeat it.

  • Hige sceal þē heardra,      heorte þē cēnre,
    mōd sceal þē māre,      þē ūre mægen lytlað.
    • Thought shall be harder, heart the keener,
      Mood the more, as our might lessens.
    • Line 312; translation from Michael Alexander The Earliest English Poems (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1975) p. 112.

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