The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

The Paris Psalter: Psalm 61
Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Ic mine sawle      symble wylle
full gleawlice      gode underþeodan;
æt him is hælu min      her eall gelancg.
Hwæt, he is god min      and gearu hælend;

5

is he fultum min,      ic ne forhtige wiht.
ðonne ge mid mane      men ongunnon,
ealle ge ða to deadan      dædun sona,
swa ge awurpon      wah of stofne.
Swa ge mine are      ealle þohton

10

wraðe toweorpan,      wide urnon
þurstige muðe;      þæne bletsadan
and ðone wyrgedan      wraðe mid heortan.
Hwæðere ic me soðe      sawle mine
to gode hæfde      georne geðeoded;

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he minre geðylde      þingum wealdeð.
Hwæt, he is god min      and gleaw hælend
and fultum is;      ne mæg ic hine ahwær befleon.
On gode standeð      min gearu hælu
and wuldor min      and wyn mycel;

20

me is halig hyht      on hine swylce.
Hycge him halig folc      hælu to drihtne;
doð eowre heortan hige      hale and clæne,
forðon eow god standeð      georne on fultum.
Hwæðere ge, manna bearn,      manes unlyt

25

wyrceað on wægum      and woh doð,
and eow beswicað      sylfe oftast,
þær ge idel gylp      on þam ilcan fremmað.
Nellað ge gewenan      welan unrihte
oþþe to reaflace      ræda þencean.

30

þeah þe eow wealan to      wearnum flowen,
nyllan ge eow on heortan þa      hige staðelian;
æne ic god spræcan      gearuwe gehyrde
and þæt treowe ongeat      tidum gemeldad.
Miht is drihtnes      ofer middangeard

35

and him þæs to worlde      wuldor stande
and mildheortness,      þæt he manna gehwam
æfter his agenum      earnungum demeð,
efne swa he wyrceð      on worldlife.


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