The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

The Paris Psalter: Psalm 82
Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Hwylc is þe gelic,      ece drihten?
Ne swiga ðu,      ne þe sylfne bewere.
Forþon þine feond      fæcne forwurdan,
þa ðe fæste ær      feodan, drihten,

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and heora heafod wið þe      hofan swiðe.
Hi on ðinum folce him      facengeswipere
syredan and feredan,      and to swice hogedon,
and ehtunga      ealle hæfdon,
hu hi þine halgan      her yfeladan.

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Cwædan cuðlice:      "Wutun cuman ealle
and hi towyrpan      geond werþeoda,
þæt ne sy gemyndig      manna ænig,
hu Israhela naman      ænig nemne."
Forþon hi an geþeaht      ealle ymbsætan,

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and gewitnesse wið þe      wise gesettan.
Selegesceotu synd      onsægd in Idumea
and Ismæhelita,      eac synt Moabes,
Ammon and Ammalech,      Agareni,
swylce Gebal      and grame manige

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fremde þeoda mid eardiendum      folce on Tyrum.
Cwom samod mid ðam      swylce Assur;
ealle on wegum      æghwær syndon
on leodstefnum      Loðes bearnum.
Do him nu swa ðu dydest      dagum Madiane

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and Sisare,      swylce Iabin;
ealle þa namon      ændor wylle
and Cisone      clæne hlimme;
wurdan þa earme      eorþan to meohxe.
Sete heora ealdormenn      swa ðu Oreb dydest,

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Zeb and Zebee      and Salmanaa,
and heora ealdrum      eallum swylce;
ealle þa on an      ær gecwædon,
þæt hi halignesse godes      her gesettan.
Sete hi nu, min god,      samod anlice

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swa se wægnes hweol      oþþe windes healm,
and swa færincga      fyr wudu byrneð,
oððe swa lig freteð      lungre morhæð,
Swa þu hi on yrre      ehtest and drefest,
þæt hi on hrernesse      hraþe forweorðað.

40

Gedo þæt hiora ansyn      awa sceamige,
þonne hi naman þinne      neode seceað.
Ealle beoð georette,      eac gescende,
and on weoruldlife      weorþað gedrefde,
þonne hi naman þinne      neode seceað.

45

þu ana eart      ofer ealle heah
eorðbuende,      ece drihten.

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