The wanderer’s spirit and youthfulness appear worn down after much time in exile. Believing, “woe of heart withstandeth not fate; a failing spirit/ Earneth no help” (“The Wanderer” 14-6), the wanderer ascertains there is no panacea. Not even his sleep where he evokes memories of his kin and the mead hall provides him consolation. As his journey across the wintry seas continues he ruminates over the circuitous fleetingness of life. Wealth, friends, man kind, and maid are all ephemeral, leaving, “the foundation of the earth [to] fail,” (“The Wanderer” 115-8). Distraught and worried because the world he grew to recognize, to identify with, and to adore steadily begins leaving him. However, after much pondering the wanderer foresees hope. He discovers that a, “good man is [one] who guard[s] his faith/Never too quickly unburden[s] his breast/ Of its sorrow, but eagerly strive[s] for redress;/ Happy [is] the man who [seeks] mercy/ From his heavenly Father, our fortress and/ strength” (“The Wanderer” 120-5). Realizing that instead of reflecting on his sorrows, th...
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...eir shared belief that one day they will reach Heaven permits them to continue on their sorrowful and tiresome journeys.
Hope via religion provides the central reason that the seafarer, the wanderer, and many Anglo-Saxons persisted with their cruel lives. Deserted on the sea for a vast period of time the Anglo-Saxon warriors found it crucial to discover a reason to continue their journeys. Knowing that the hope of reaching Heaven is possible, warriors such as the seafarer and the wanderer persist until they reach that vital day. The wanderer comes to peace with the idea of God as, “our fortress and/strength” (124-5).Similarly, the seafarer acknowledges that one should praise God who is, the “Eternal, unchanging creator of earth” (124). Despite the grievances of their current circumstances, hope via religion prevents these Anglo-Saxon men from falling apart.
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