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[572 f] Wyrd oft nereð/unfǣgne eorl, þonne his ellen dēah. Fate does not render manly courage unnecessary. A proverbial saying. ('Fortune favors the brave.') Frequently God is substituted for fate: 669 f., 1056 f., 1270 ff., 1552 ff., Andr. 459 f. Cf. Grimm D.M. iii 5 (1281 f.); Gummere G.O. 236 f.; Cook, MLN. viii 59 (classical and ME. parallels); Arch. cxv 179.

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