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Hrodulf the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Anglo-Saxon)

Incipit gestis Rudolphi rangifer tarandus

Hwt, Hrodulf readnosa hrandeor --
Nfde t nieten unsciende nsyrlas!
Glitenode and gladode godlice nosgrisele.
a hofberendas mid huscwordum hine gehefigodon;
Nolden a geneatas Hrodulf nftig
To gomene hraniscum geador tsomne.
a in Cristesmssefne stormigum clommum,
Halga Claus t gemunde to him maelode:
"Neahfreond nihteage nosubeorhtende!
Min hroden hrdwn geld u, Hrodulf!"
a gelufodon hira laddeor a lyftflogan --
Ws gldnes and gliwdream; hornede sum gegieddode
"Hwt, Hrodulf readnosa hrandeor,
Brad spring in bld: breme eart u!"


Modern English translation             Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer MP3 (ext. link)

Here begin the deeds of Rudolph, Tundra-Wanderer

Lo, Hrodulf the red-nosed reindeer --
That beast didn't have unshiny nostrils!
The goodly nose-cartilage glittered and glowed.
The hoof-bearers taunted him with proud words;
The comrades wouldn't allow wretched Hrodulf
To join the reindeer games.
Then, on Christmas Eve bound in storms
Santa Claus remembered that, spoke formally to him:
"Dear night-sighted friend, nose-bright one!
You, Hrodulf, shall lead my adorned rapid-wagon!"
Then the sky-flyers praised their lead-deer --
There was gladness and music; one of the horned ones sang
"Lo, Hrodulf the red-nosed reindeer,
Your fame spreads broadly, you are renowned!"

1996 Philip Craig Chapman-Bell; All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

Parody of "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer". Original lyrics & tune: Johnny Marks 1949 (1909-85)

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