Bookworm – Riddle 47 – from The Exeter Book
A moth ate words. When I heard about this wonder,
It seemed to me a curious thing, that the worm gobbled
The sayings of some unnamed man,
That the thief in the dark stole his glorious speeches,
The foundation of their mighty meanings.
But – the thieving guest was not one whit the wiser
For having swallowed all those words.