Ear is the dipthong “ea”
Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (From ragweedforge.com)
The grave is horrible to every knight,
when the corpse quickly begins to cooland is laid in the bosom of the dark earth.Prosperity declines, happiness passes awayand covenants are broken.
Things/concepts/behaviors would normally pass away are being preserved. The end is in sight, but there is still a distance to go before completion.