May I for my own self song's truth reckon,
Journey's jargon, how I in harsh days
Hardship endured oft...
trans. by Ezra Pound
I can sing a true song about myself,
tell of my travels, how in the days of tribulation
I often endured a time of hardship...
trans. by Kevin Crossley-Holland
This verse is my voice, it is no fable,
I tell of my travelling, how in hardship
I have often suffered laborious days...
trans. by Edwin Morgan
Mæg ic be me sylfum soðgied wrecan,
siþas secgan, hu ic geswincdagum
earfoðhwile oft þrowade...
from the 10th Century Exeter Book