Wæs ðæt fród cyning, eald éðelweard
that was a wise king, an old country's guardian,
- Beo. Th. 4426 ;
- B. 2210 .
Giímonna gestrión sealdon unwillum éðelweardas
the wealth of men of old their country's guardians unwillingly gave up.
- Bt. Met. Fox I. 48 ;
- Met. I. 24 .
A country's guardian or ruler, a king; patriæ custos vel dŏmĭnus, rex
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- éðel-weard, n.