The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

The Paris Psalter: Psalm 115
Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Ic þæt gelyfde,      forþon ic lyt sprece;
ic eom eadmede      ungemete swiðe.
Swylce ic sylfa cwæð,      þa me swa ðuhte
on modseofan      minum geþancum,

5

þæt wæron ealle menn      ungemete lease.
Hwæt mæg ic to gode      gyldan dryhtne
for eallum þam godum      þe he me ærur dyde?
Ic her hælu calic      hæbbe befangen,
and naman dryhtnes      neode cige.

10

Beorht ys and fæger      beacen dryhtne
on his gesyhðe      swylt haligra.
Eala, ic eom þin agen      esne, dryhten,
and þin swylce eom      scealc ombehte
and þinre þeowan sunu      on ðe acenned.

15

þu me tobræce      bendas grimme,
þæt ic þe laces lof      lustum secge.
Ic min gehat      halgum dryhtne
on his getynum      tidum gylde,
þe ymb dryhtnes hus      deore syndan,

20

þær hit eagum folc      eall sceawiað,
and on Hierusalem      georne midre.


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