The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

The Paris Psalter: Psalm 114
Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Ic lufie þe,      leofa drihten,
forþan þu mines gebedes      bene gehyrdest.
And þu þin eare to me      eadmodlice
hold ahyldest      and gehyrdest me,

5

þa ic þe on dagum minum      dyrne cigde.
þar me ymbsealde      swylde deaðes,
and me frecne ætfeah      fyrhtu helle.
Me costung and sar      cnyssedan geneahhe,
þonne ic naman drihtnes      nyde cigde.

10

Eala þu leofa god,      alys mine nu
sawle on gesyntum;      ic to soþan wat,
þæt þu wære mildheort,      mihtig dryhten,
and ure god      æghwæs soðfæst;
mihta us þine      milde weorðan.

15

Drihten gehealdeð      dome þa lytlan;
ic hean gewearð,      he me hraðe lysde.
Gecyr mine sawle      clæne on þine
rædæs reste,      rice drihten;
þu me wel dydest      on woruldlife.

20

Forþon þu mine sawle      sylfa generedyst,
and hig of deopum      deaþe gelæddest;
eagan mine wið tearum      æghwær geheolde
and fet mine      wið færslide;
ic gelicie      leofum drihtne

25

on lifigendra      lande nu ða.

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