The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

The Paris Psalter: Psalm 124


Verse Indeterminate Saxon


þa þe on drihten heora      dædum getreowað,
hi beoð on Sionbeorge      swyþe gelice;
ne mæg hine on ealdre      ænig onhreran
þe eardfæst byð      on Hierusalem.

5

Hi synd mundbeorgas      micle ymbutan;
haldeð heora ymbhwyrft      ece drihten
of ðisson nu      awa to worulde.
Næfre forlæteð      lifes drihten
firenfulra tan      furðor gangan,

10

þonne he soðfæstra      settan wylle.
Ne he soðfæste      swylce læteð,
þæt hi to unrihte      ahwær willen
handum ræcean,      ac he him hraþe gyldeð;
do þu, drihten, wel      þam þe gedefe her

15

hiora heortan riht      healdað mid gode.
þa ðe gearwe beoð      to gramum bendum,
eft hi gelædeð      ece drihten
mid þæm þe unriht      æghwær wyrceað;
sibb si Israhelum      symble ofer ealle.

 

 

 

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