The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

The Paris Psalter: Psalm 128
Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Oft me fuhtan to      fynd on geoguðe,
cweðan Israhelas nu      eac þæt sylfe;
oft me fuhtan to      fynd on geoguþe,
ne mihton hi awiht æt me      æfre gewyrcean.

5

Ofer minum bæce      bitere ongunnon
þa firenfullan      facen timbrian,
and heora unriht      eft gelengdon.
Drihten is soðfæst,      and gedeð sniome,
þæt he firenfullra      fæcne geðancas

10

wis toweorpeð;      weorðað gescende
and hiora scamiað      swiþust ealles,
þa to Sione hete      swiðost hæfdon.
Wesen hi hige      her gelicast
þam þe on huses þæce      heah aweaxeð,

15

þæt bið forwisnad      wraðe sona,
ær hit afohten      foldan losige.
Of þam he ne gefylleð      folme æfre,
þeah þe he hit mawe      micle elne;
ne mid his sceafe ne mæg      sceat afyllan,

20

þeah þe he samnige      swiðe georne.
And þæt ne cweðan,      þa his cwide weoldan
on ofergeate      æghwær hæbben:
"Us gebletsige      bealde drihten
and ofer eow wese      eac his bletsung;

25

we eow neodlice      on naman drihtnes
swylce bletsiað      bliðe mode."

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