The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

The Paris Psalter: Psalm 131
Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Gemune þu, drihten,      mærne Dauid
and ealle his mannþwærnesse      micle and goode.
Swa ic æt frymðe geswor      ferhðe wið drihten
and gehat gehet,      he geheold teala

5

wið Iacobes      god þone mæran.
þeah þe ic on mines huses      hyld gegange
oþþe selegesceot      þænne swæs wese
oððe on min restbedd      ricene gestige,
Gif ic minum eagum      unne slæpes,

10

oþþe minum breawum      beode hnappunga,
oþþe ic on þunwange      þriste gereste,
Oþþæt ic gemete      mære stowe
drihtne gecorene,      dyre selegesceot
Iacobes gode      georne gecweme.

15

Efne we þas eall      on Eufraten
sæcgean gehyrdon,      syððan gemitton
forwel manegu      on wudufeldum.
We on his selegesceot      swylce gangað,
and þære stowe      stede ariað

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þær his fotas ær      fæste gestodan.
Aris on þinre reste      recene, drihten;
þu earce eart      eallhaligra.
Synd þine sacerdas      on soðfæstnesse
gode gegierede,      and gleawe nu

25

þine þa halgan      her blissiað.
For þinum agenum      esne swylce,
deorum Dauide,      þu ne do æfre,
þæt þu andwlitan      ut oncyrre
þines þæs halgan      her on eorðan.

30

þæs deopne að      drihten aswor
and þone mid soðe      swylce getrymede,
þæt he hine for hole      ær ne aswore,
gehet Dauide,      swa he him dyde syþþan,
þæt he weorðlicne      wæstm gesette

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