The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

The Paris Psalter: Psalm 59
Verse Indeterminate Saxon


þu us todrife,      drihten user,
and us towurpe      geond werþeoda,
yrre us wurde      and eft milde.
Eorðan ðu onhrerdest,      ealle gedrefdest;

5

hæl hyre wunde,      nu heo ahrered is.
Feala ðu ætywdest      folce ðinum
heardra wisan      and hi hraþe æfter
mid wynsume      wine drenctest.
þu becnuncge      beorhte sealdest

10

þam þe ege ðinne      elne healdað,
þæt hi him gebeorgen      bogan and stræle
and wæron alysede      leofe þine.
Do me þin seo swyðre hand      symle halne;
gehyr me, halig god.      Hwæt, ðu holdlice

15

on ðinre halignesse      her aspræce:
"And ic blissie,      ba gedæle
Sicimam et Conuallem,      ða samod wæron
on Metiboris      mihtum spedige.
Min is Galaad,      gleaw Mannases

20

and Effrem ys      æðele strengþu
heafdes mines      her on foldan.
Cyninc ys me      Iuda cuð;
is me Moab      mines hyhtes hwer,
and ic aðenige eac      on Idumea,

25

min gescy sende,      and me syððan gedo
Allophilas      ealle gewylde."
Hwylc gelædeð me      leofran on ceastre
weallum beworhte?      Hwa wyle swylce me
in Idumea      eac gelædan?

30

Ac ne eart þu se sylfa god,      ðe us swa drife?
Ne ga ðu us on mægene,      mihtig drihten.
Syle us nu on earfoðum      æðelne fultum,
forðon hælu byð      her on eorðan
manna gehwylces      mægene idel.

35

Us sceal mægenes gemet      mihtig drihten
soðfæst syllan,      and he sona mæg
ure fynd gedon      fracoþe to nahte.

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