Nine Worts Galder

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This is an Anglish translation of the "Nine Herbs Charm", an Old English incantation. The meanings or of the words BRYODEDON, FREABEGDE, WERGULU, and RUNLAN are unknown to me, so I didn't touch them.

Beware: this article uses spellings which have had foreign influence reverted.

The Writ

Mun yew, mugwort, hwat yew melded,

hwat yew rained at the rainmeld.

Une yew higt, oldest of worts.

Yew may stand wither III and wither XXX,

yew may stand wither atter and wither onfly,

yew may stand wither the loathsome hwo yond the land fare.

And yew, waybroad, worts mother,

from the east open, migty inside.

Ofer yew crats creaked, ofer yew cweens rode,

ofer yew brides BRYODEDON, ofer yew fears snorted.

Yew withstood and withstunned hem all.

So too yew withstood atter and onfly

and the loathsome hwo yond the land fare.

Stun higt this wort, it waxed on stone,

it stood wither atter, it stuns wark.

Stithe it higt, it withstuns atter,

it wreaks the wroth one, it warps ute atter.

This is the wort that fougt wither a worm.

This may wither atter, it may wither onfly

It may wither the loathsome hwo yond the land fare.

Fly yew nue, atterloathe, the less the more,

the more the less, ooth boot is for both with him.

Mun yew, mathe, hwat yew melded,

hwat yew ended at Alderford.

Nefer sell feer for onfly

sithen man yared mathe as meat for him.

This is the wort that WERGULU higt,

this onsent a seal ofer seas ridge,

atters ond, others boot.

These VIIII may wither nine atters.

A worm came sneaking, it slit a man,

then Wooden num VIIII woldertones

then he slew the nadder and it flew into VIIII bits.

There ended appel and atter,

that it nefer would bue in a huse.

Fill and fennel, feel migty two.

These worts were scaped by a witty drigten,

holy in heafens, hwen he hung

he set and sent into VII worlds

for arm and for eddy, all for boot.

It stood wither wark, it stuns wither atter.

It may stand wither III, and wither XXX,

wither hand, and wither FREABEGDE,

and wither maskering mone wigts.

Nue these VIIII worts may wither nine wolderfleers,

wither VIIII atters, and wither nine onflies,

wither the red atter, wither the RUNLAN atter,

wither the hwite atter, wither the hewn atter,

wither the yellow atter, wither the green atter,

wither the wan atter, wither the woaden atter,

wither the brune atter, wither the base atter,

wither wormblad, wither waterblad,

wither thornblad, wither thistelblad,

wither iseblad, wither atterblad,

if any atter cum flying from the east

or if any cum from the north,

or if any cum from the west ofer weretheeds.

Crist stood ofer oadel, one of a kind.

Only I wot the running ea.

There the nine nadders behold.

All weeds must nue spring as worts.

Seas slip all salt water

hwile I blow this atter off thee.

Mugwort, waybroad hwic is open from the east, lambscrest, atterloathe, mathe, nettel, woodsureappel, fill and fennel, old soap.

Work the worts into dust, mong with the soap and with the appels gore. Work a slip of water and of asc.

Nim the fennel, well in the slip and beeth with eymong hwen he puts on the salfe, ere and after.

Sing the galder on eac of the worts thrise ere he works hem, and on the appel also. And then sing in the muthe of men, and in both the ears, and on the wund that ilc galder, ere he puts on the salfe.