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What are three quotes in the poem "The Wanderer" that show isolation?

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The poem "The Wanderer" first appeared in a tenth-century anthology called the Exeter Book. It is written in Anglo-Saxon, and its author is unknown. In the poem, the narrator wanders far from home in lonely exile. He has lost his lord, kinsmen, and fellow warriors in battle. He ruminates philosophically in the midst of deep sorrow and laments that the brighter days he once knew are gone forever. Finally, as he sits in meditation, he considers that friends, family, and wealth all pass away, and that a wise man remains honest, controls his emotions, and seeks mercy and consolation from the Father in heaven.

The poem has several references to the wanderer's isolation. However, the poem was originally written in Anglo-Saxon and has to be translated into modern English. I have access to three different translations, and though the meaning is the same, the wording varies significantly. For this reason, I'll give you the line numbers of the quotations I suggest so that you can easily find them...

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