The Northern Way

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The Paris Psalter: Psalm 56
Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Miltsa min, god,      and me milde weorð,
forþon min sawel on þe      swyðe getryweð,
and ic on fægerum scuan      fiðera ðinra
gewicie,      oðþæt gewite forð

5

and unriht me      eall beglide.
Heonan ic cleopige      to heahgode
and to wealdendgode,      ðe me wel dyde.
He þa of heofenum      hider onsende
þe me alysde,      laþum wiðferede,

10

sealde on edwit      þe me ær trædan.
Sende mihtig god      his milde gehigd
and his soðfæst mod      samod ætgædere,
and mine sawle      sona alysde
of leon hwelpum      reðe gemanan;

15

wæs ic slæpende      sare gedrefed.
Synd me manna bearn      mihtigum toðum
wæpenstrælas,      þa me wundedon;
wæron hyra tungan getale      teonan gehwylcre
and to yfele gehwam      ungemet scearpe.

20

Ahefe þe ofer heofenas,      halig drihten;
is wuldur ðin      wide and side
ofer ðas eorþan      ealle mære.
Fotum heo minum      fæcne grine
grame gearwodon,      and geornlice

25

mine sawle      swyðe onbigdon.
Hi deopne seað      dulfon widne,
þær ic eagum      on locade,
and hi on ðone ylcan      eft gefeollan.
Gearo is min heorte      þæt ic gode cweme;

30

gearo is min heorte      þæt ic gode swylce
sealmas singe,      soðword sprece.
Aris, wuldur min,      wynpsalterium,
and ic on ærmergene      eac arise
and min hearpe      herige drihten.

35

Ic þe on folcum      frine drihten
ecne andete,      eac geond þeode
sealmas singe      swiðe geneahhige.
Forðon þin mildheortnes      is mycel wið heofenas,
is ðin soðfæstnes      swylce wið wolcnum.

40

Ahafen þu eart ofer heofenas,      halig drihten;
is ofer ealle      eorðan swylce
þines wuldres wlite      wide and side.

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