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"Of our ship we made a house;
"Turbot, salmon and mullet, 445
"Whale, porpoises and mackarel,
"In great plenty; and in abundance
"We had bread and good fish.
"The fish we exchanged for bread,
"Men brought us in plenty. 450
"And when we had money,
"My father then became a salter.
"While he lived, he and my mother
"Nourished you well, better than my brother.
"And I remained and took a husband. 455
"He has kept me in great honour.
"He was a merchant, he knew how to eross the sea.
"He knows well how to buy and sell.
"In Denmark was he the other day,
"And heard many pray, 460
"That if he found you, you should come,
"And claim the land.
"Truly we counsel you to go.
"Take your two lads with you,
"Let them be with you to serve you. 465
"If good befal you, send us word,
"We will follow, if you will,
"If God gives you back your inheritance."
Said Haveloc and his wife. "We will give you a right good recompence, 470 "We will do more than you ask, "If God gives us back our inheritance, "And the lads we will take with us, "By God we will think well of it." The lady replied: "Truly, 475 "Here you will remain till you have a wind:
"And if I can, before you go,
"You shall be clad in better clothes."
They remained then, tarrying there,
They were clothed honourably. 480
They tarried there until the wind came,
And then they went on board the ship,
And Dan Alger, the merchant,
Made the bargain for them.
He gave them garments, he and Kelloc. 485
He stowed away enough victual for them,
There dwelled a rich man, 505
But now it was so that he kept himself quiet,
And he hated this rich king greatly, 510
506. Steallere, A. S. for steward.