The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

The Paris Psalter: Psalm 80
Verse Indeterminate Saxon


gif þu, Israhel, a wylt      elne gehyran.
Gif þu, Israhel,      me anum gehyrst,
ne byð god on þe      niwe gemeted,
ne þu fremedne god      sylfa gebiddest.

5

Ic eom þin god,      ðe geara þe
of ægypta      eorþan alædde.
Ontyn þinne muð      and ic hine teala fylle;
nele min folc mine stefne      æfre gehyran,
ne me Israhel behealdan      holde mode.

10

Ac hi lifian het      lustum heortena
swa him leofust wæs,      leode þeodum,
æfter hiora willum      wynnum miclum.
þær min agen folc,      Israhela cynn,
me mid gehygde      hyran cuðan,

15

oþþe on wegas mine      woldan gangan,
þonne ic hiora fynd      fylde and hynde,
and þæt mycle mægen      minra handa
heora ehtendas      ealle fornam.
Him fynd godes      fæcne leogað;

20

byð hiora yfele tid      awa to feore.
He hi fedde      mid fætre lynde,
hwæte and hunige,      þæt him halig god
sealde of stane,      oþþæt hi sæde wæron.

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