The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

The Paris Psalter: Psalm 127
Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Eadige syndon ealle      þe him ecne god
drihten ondrædað,      and his gedefne weg
on hyra lifes tid      lustum gangað.
þonne þu þines gewinnes      wæstme byrgest,

5

etest oretes,      and þu eadig leofast,
and þe wel weorðeð      on wynburgum.
Beoð þines wifes      welan gelice,
swa on wingearde      weaxen berigean,
and on þines huses      hwommum genihtsum.

10

Synd þine bearn swylce      samed anlicast,
swa elebeamas      æþele weaxen,
ymb þinne beod utan      blæda standen.
Efne swa bið gebletsad      beorna æghwylc
mann on moldan      þe him metodes ege

15

on his dædum      drihten forhtað.
þe of Sionbeorge      swylce drihten
bealde bletsige,      and þu bruce eac
on Hierusalem      goda gehwylces
ealle lange dagas      lifes þines.

20

And þu þinra bearna      bearn sceawige,
geseo samed gangan      sibb ofer Israhel.

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