Rhyming Poem

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An Old English poem from the Exeter Book and therefore not later than the 10th cent., striking for the fact that the two halves of its alliterating lines rhyme. It is a loose discussion of the vicissitudes of life, contrasting the misfortunes of a fallen king with his past glory. It has been suggested that the poem is a paraphrase of Job 29 and 30.

Subjects: Literature.

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