The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

The Paris Psalter: Psalm 141
Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Min stefn to þe      styrmeð, drihten,
and ic mid strangere      stefne swylce
eam biddende      bealde drihten.
Ic mine bene      bealde swylce

5

on his gesihðe      symble ageote,
and mine earfeþu      ealle full georne
fore him sylfum      sæcge geneahhe,
Gif mine grame þenceað      gast teorian,
and þu mine stige      strange ongeate.

10

On þyssum grenan wege,      þe ic gange on,
me oferhydige      æghwær setton
gearwe grine;      geara ic sceawade,
geseah on þa swyðran,      ne me sylfne þær
ænig mid gode      ongitan wolde.

15

ða me eac frecne fram      fleam gedydan,
næs þa þe mine sawle      secean wolde,
þa ic to þe, drihten,      digle cleopode
and sona cwæð:      "þu eart min se soða hiht;
eart þu on lifigendra      lande swylce

20

se gedefa dæl,      drihten, æghwær."
Beheald mine sawle,      hæleþa wealdend,
forþon ic geeadmeded eom      ungemete swiðe.
Alys me fram laþum;      hi me lungre synt
ealle ofer me      ungemete strange.

25

Alæd me of carcernes      cluse swylce
mine sawle,      þæt ic syþþan forð
þinne naman mote      neode sæcgean.
Min soðfæste      snotere bidað,
oþþæt þu me edlean      eft forgylde.

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