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[2618 f] nō ymbe ðā fǣhðe spraec,/þah ðe hē [i.e. Wēohstān] his br&¯eth;or bearn ābredwade. his refers to Onela, the subject of spræc. "Onela's passive attitude was due to the fact that his nephew was a law-less exile, and so no longer entitled to protection from his kin." (See-bohm L 9.17.66 f.) Herein is seen a breaking away from the primitive tribal custom, cf Chadwick H.A. 347 f

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