Line 20 - sorgum

In the manuscript this is written as "surgum" but this has been generally emended by editors, as "surgum" is not recognised as an Old English word. "sargum" (otherwise unevidenced but clearly related to "sargian") has been suggested but most editors currently select "sorgum" . Parallelism is then created with l.59a where "sorgum" is supplied from the reading of the Ruthwell Cross runes. Swanton compares the line with Judith 88a - "swyðe mid sorgum gedrefed" - a similar hypermetric line in a context of prayer.