The Northern Way

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The Paris Psalter: Psalm 102
Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Bletsa, mine sawle,      bliðe drihten,
and eall min inneran      his þæne ecean naman.
Bletsige, mine sawle,      bealde dryhten,
ne wylt þu ofergeottul      æfre weorðan

5

ealra goda,      þe he þe ær dyde.
He þinum mandædum      miltsade eallum
and þine adle      ealle gehælde.
He alysde þin lif      leof of forwyrde,
fylde þinne willan      fægere mid gode.

10

He þe gesigefæste      soðre miltse
and ðe mildheorte      mode getrymede;
eart þu edneowe      earne gelicast
on geogoðe nu      gleawe geworden.
Hafast þu milde mod,      mihta strange,

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drihten, domas      eallum þe deope her
and ful treaflice      teonan þolian.
He his wegas dyde      wise and cuðe
Moyse þam mæran      on mænige tid,
swylce his willan eac      werum Israhela.

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Mildheort þu eart and mihtig,      mode geþyldig,
ece drihten,      swa þu a wære;
is þin milde mod      mannum cyðed.
Nelle þu oð ende      yrre habban,
ne on ecnesse      ðe awa belgan.

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Na þu be gewyrhtum,      wealdend, urum
wommum wyrhtum      woldest us don,
ne æfter urum unryhte      ahwær gyldan.
Forðon þu æfter heahweorce      heofenes þines
mildheortnysse,      mihtig drihten,

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lustum cyðdest,      þam þe lufedan þe.
Swa þas foldan      fæðme bewindeð
þes eastrodor      and æfter west,
he betweonan þam      teonan and unriht
us fram afyrde      æghwær symble.

35

Swa fæder ðenceð      fægere his bearnum
milde weorðan,      swa us mihtig god,
þam þe hine lufiað,      liðe weorðeð,
forðan he ealle can      ure þearfe.
Gemune, mihtig god,      þæt we synt moldan and dust;

40

beoð mannes dagas      mawenum hege
æghwær anlice,      eorðan blostman,
swa his lifdagas      læne syndan.
þonne he gast ofgifeð,      syþþan hine gærsbedd sceal
wunian widefyrh,      ne him man syððan wat

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ahwær elles      ænige stowe.
þin mildheortnes,      mihtig drihten,
þurh ealra worulda woruld      wislic standeð,
deorust and gedefust      ofer ealle þa þe ondrædað him.
Swa his soðfæstnyss      swylce standeð

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ofer þara bearna bearn      þe his bebodu healdað,
and þæs gemynde      mycle habbað,
þæt heo his wisfæst word      wynnum efnan.
On heofenhame      halig drihten
his heahsetl      hror timbrade,

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þanon he eorðricum      eallum wealdeð.
Ealle his englas      ecne drihten
bletsian bealde,      heora bliðne frean,
mægyn and mihta,      þa his mære word
habbað and healdað      and hyge fremmað.

60

Bletsian drihten      eall his bearna mægen
and his ðegna ðreat,      þe þæt þence nu,
þæt hi his willan      wyrcean georne.
Eall his agen geweorc      ecne drihten
on his agenum stede      eac bletsige,

65

þær him his egsa,      anweald, standeð;
bletsige min sawl      bliðe drihten.

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