Exeter Riddle 34

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This is riddle number 34 from The Exeter Book.


I beheld a creature     in the homes of men
that nourishes cattle.     It has numerous teeth
and a useful beak     bending downwards
which plunders gently     while pulling homewards.
I strides through hillocks,     seeking out herbs,
always locating     those loosely held,
leaving the true ones     attached to their roots,
still there standing     their established ground,
to brightly bloom,     blossom and grow.



A rake.