From “The Ruin” in Old English to my contemporary “translation”
seah on sinc, on sylfor, on searogimmas,
on ead, on æht, on eorcanstan,
on þas beorhtan burg bradan rices.
Stanhofu stodan, stream hate wear
widan wylme; weal eall beefing
See! Oh jacinta, oh clover, oh seagrass,
Oh ivy, oh aster, oh edelweiss,
Oh baby’s breath, bachelor buttons, roses
Stand! Sturdy stephanotis, stream with wonder
water willow, Welcome all blossoming!