The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

The Paris Psalter: Psalm 76
Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Ic mid stefne ongann      styrman to drihtne,
and he me gehyrde      and beheold sona.
Ic on earfoðdæge      ecne drihten
sohte mid handum      swyþe geneahhe,

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and ic on niht for him      neode eode;
næs ic on þam siðe      beswicen awiht.
And ic swiðe wiðsoc      sawle minre
fælre frofre;      þa ic fæste god
gemyndgade,      þær ic hæfde mæstne hiht.

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Swyðe ic begangen wæs      and min sylfes gast
wæs hwonlice      ormod worden,
wæron eagan mine      eac mid wæcceum
werded swyþe;      ne spræc ic worda feala.
þa ic ealde dagas      eft geþohte,

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hæfde me ece gear      ealle on mode.
Ic þa mid heortan ongann      hycggean nihtes;
wæs min gast on me      georne gebysgad.
þa ic sylfa cwæð:      "Ic to soðe wat,
nele þis ece god      æfre toweorpan

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ne us witnian      for his weldædum,
oððe wiþ ende      æfre to worulde
his milde mod      mannum afyrran
on woruldlife      wera cneorissum.
Ne byð æfre god      ungemyndig,

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þæt he miltsige      manna cynne,
oþþe on yrre      æfre wille
his milde mod      mannum dyrnan."
And ic selfa cwæð:      "Nu ic sona ongann
þas geunwendnes      wenan ærest

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þara hean handa      haligan drihtnes,
weorca wræclicra      worda gemyndig,
þæt he æt fruman wundor      fæger geworhte."
þa ic metegian ongan      mænigra weorca,
hu ic me on eallum þam      eaðust geheolde;

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on eallum þinum weorcum      ic wæs smeagende,
swylce ic on þinum gehylde      sylf begangen.
Ys weruda god      on wege halgum;
hwylc is mihtig god      butan ure se mæra god?
þu eart ana god,      þe æghwylc miht

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wundor gewyrcean      on woruldlife.
Eft þu þine mihte      mænige cyðdest
folcum on foldan;      þu wiðferedes eac
Israhela bearn      of ægyptum.
Hwæt, þe, wuldres god,      wæter sceawedon

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and þe gesawon      sealte yþa;
forhte wurdan      flodas gedrefde,
wæs sweg micel      sealtera wætera.
Sealdon weorðlice      wolcnas stefne
þurh þine stræle      strange foran;

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wæs þunurradstefn      strang on hweole.
þonne ligette      lixan cwoman,
eall ymbhwyrft      eorðan onhrerdan.
Wærun wegas þine      on widne sæ
and þine stige      ofer strang wæter;

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ne bið þær eþe þin spor      on to findanne.
Folc þin ðu feredest      swa fæle sceap
þurh Moyses      mihtige handa
and Aarones      ealle gesunde.

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