An Old English word often used at the beginning of a poem to indicate that all prior speech is to end as the new narrative begins.
Common translations include: Hark, Lo, Wait, What, Listen, So, Now, Hey!, Hey you, Check it, Shut the fuck up, Look at Me! Look at Me!, Everyone listen to me right now or I'll tear you apart broken bone-locking by blood-drenched sinew
Hwæt! We Gardena in geardagum,
þeodcyninga, þrym gefrunon,
hu ða æþelingas ellen fremedon.
Hwæt this is the story all about how
My life got flipped, turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute just sit right there
I'll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel-Air