The Wanderer

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How does the wanderer's present life compare with his former life?

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Compared to his former life, the wanderer's present life is filled with loneliness and infused with sorrow.

The wanderer remembers his former, gloried past, when he feasted with his comrades in his lord's hall and received great treasures from his lord for services rendered. His former life was a life filled with battle glories, until the day he lost his lord and his fellow warriors in war. Since his great loss, he has been a wanderer, exiled from his former land and bereft of the companionship of former days.

Now, he can only reminisce about "hardships," of "fierce slaughters," and the "downfall of kinsmen." His present life is one of contemplation, resignation, and quiet endurance. He no longer fights...

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