Solomon and Saturn II
, lines 60-74, tr. Daniel Anlezark, "Acquiring Wisdom: Teaching Texts and the Lore of the People," in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English
(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 297-317 (at 302):
Solomon said: 'Books are famous, they abundantly proclaim the ordered mind to the one who thinks at all. They strengthen and establish resolute thought, make merry the mind of each man against the mental oppressions of this life.'
Saturn said: 'Bold is he who tastes of the power of books, he will always be the wiser who has control of them.'
Solomon said: 'They present victory to each of the righteous, a harbour of safety for those who love them.'
Bec sindon breme, bodiað geneahhe
weotodne willan ðam ðe wiht hygeð.
gestrangað hie and gestaðeliað staðolfæstne geðoht,
amyrgað modsefan manna gehwylces
of ðreaniedlan ðisses lifes.
Bald bið se ðe onbyregeð boca cræftes;
symle bið ðe wisra ðe hira geweald hafað.
Sige hie onsendað soðfæstra gehwam,
hælo hyðe, ðam ðe hie lufað.