The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

The Paris Psalter: Psalm 85
Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Ahyld me þin eare,      halig drihten;
forðon ic eom wædla,      þu me wel gehyr,
and ic sylfa eom      sorhfull þearfa.
Geheald mine sawle,      forðon ic halig eom;

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hæl þinne scealc,      forþon ic ðe hihte to.
Miltsa me drihten,      þonne ic mægene to ðe
þurh ealne dæg      elne cleopade;
do þines scealces      sawle bliðe,
forðon ic hi to ðe      hebbe genehhige.

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Forðon þu eart wynsum,      wealdend drihten;
is þin milde mod      mycel and genihtsum
eallum þam þe þe      elne cigeað.
þu mid earum onfoh,      ece drihten,
min agen gebed,      and eac beheald,

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hu ic stefne to ðe      stundum cleopige.
þonne me on dæge      deorc earfoðe
carelice cnyssedan,      þonne ic cleopode to ðe;
forþon þu me gehyrdest      holde mode.
Nis þe goda ænig      on gumrice

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ahwær efne gelic,      ece drihten,
ne ðe weorc magon      wyrcean anlic.
Ealle þu geworhtest      wera cneorissa,
þa þe weorðiað,      wuldres aldor,
and naman drihtnes      neode cigeað.

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Forðan ðu eart se mycla      mihtiga drihten,
þe wundor miht      wyrcean ana.
Gelæd, drihten, me      on þinne leofne weg,
and ic on þinum soðe      syþþan gancge.
Heorte min ahlyhheð,      þonne ic ðinne halgan naman

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forhtige me on ferhðe,      forð andette
mid ealre heortan hyge,      þæt þu eart, halig god,
nemned drihten,      and we naman þinne
on ecnesse      a weorðien.
Ys þin mildheortnes mycel      ofer me, drihten,

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and þu mine sawle      swylce alysdest
of helwarena      hinderþeostrum.
God min se leofa,      gramhydige me
mid unrihte      oft onginnað,
and gesamnincge      swiðmihtigra

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sohton mine sawle      swyþe geneahhe;
ne doð him for awiht      egsan drihtnes.
Hwæt, þu eart, min drihten god,      dædum mildheort,
þenden geðyldig,      þearle soðfæst.
Beseoh nu on me,      and me syþþan weorð

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milde on mode,      mihtig drihten;
geteoh hrore meaht      hysse þinum;
do þinre þeowan sunu,      drihten, halne.
Do gedefe mid me,      drihten, tacen,
and þæt god ongitan,      þa me georne ær

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fæste feodan,      habban forð sceame.
Forþon þu me wære fultum      fæste, drihten,
and me frefredest,      frea ælmihtig.


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