The Northern Way

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The Paris Psalter: Psalm 144
Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Ic me heahne god      hæbbe to kyninge,
and ic naman þinne      neode herige
on ecnesse      awa to worulde.
þuruh syndrige dagas      symble ic ðe bletsige,

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and naman þinne      neode herige
on ecnesse      awa to worulde.
Mycel is drihten,      hine man mægene sceal
holde mode      herian swiðe;
nis his micelmodes      mægenes ende.

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Cneorissa kynn      cwidum symble
þin weorc herigen      wordum georne,
and þine mihte eac      micle sæcgeon.
Mycel mod and strang      þines mægenðrymmes
and þine halignesse      holdes modes

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wise wordum sprecað,      weredum secggeað
eall þin wundur      wide mære.
And hi mægen swylce      mære and egeslic
þinra wundra      wislic sæcgen
and þine mægenstrengðu      mærsien wide.

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Gemune þines modes      þa miclan geniht,
þinre weðnesse      wise sæcgenum
roccette      and ræd sprece,
and þine soðfæstnesse      sæcge geneahhe.
Mildheort is drihten      and mannþwære

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and geþyldig eac,      þearle mildheort.
Swylce eallum is      ure drihten
manna cynne      milde and bliðe;
syndan his miltsa      ofer us mære weorc
eall yldum cuð      awa to feore.

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Andetten þe, drihten,      ealle þine weorc
and þe þine þa halgan      her bletsien.
And hi þine mihte      manna bearnum
cyþan mid cynnum      and mid cneorissum,
þines mægenþrymmes      mære wuldur

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riht and reðe      rices þines.
þæt þu cuð gedydest      ofer cneorisse,
þær synd manna bearn      manig ætsomne,
and þæt þin miht is      ofer middaneard
and þines rices      rædfæst wuldur.

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Rice is þin, drihten,      ræde gefæstnod,
and þu woruldricum      wealdest eallum;
is þin anweald eac      ofer eorðware
of cynne on cynn      and on cneorissum.
Drihten is on wordum      dædum getreowe

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and on eallum his weorcum      wis and halig.
Ahefeð halig god      þa ðe hreosað ær,
and he ealle areceð      earme gebrocene.
Eagan on þe      ealra, drihten,
wisra gewenað      wiste to genihte,

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and þu him mete sylest      mæla gehwylce
and þæs tidlice      tid gemearcast.
Onhlidest ðu þine handa      and hi hraðe fyllest,
ealra wihta gehwam      wis bletsunga.
Soðfæst is drihten      on his sylfes wegum

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eallum on eorðan,      and he æfter þan
on his weorcum is      wis and halig.
Neah is drihten      niþum eallum
þe hine mid soðe hige      seceað and ciegað
and his willan her      wyrceað georne

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and his ege swylce      elne ræfnað;
he heora bene      bealde gehyreð
and hi hrædlice gedeð      hale sona.
Ealle gehealdeð      halig drihten
þe lufan wið hine      lustum healdeð,

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and he synfulle      swylce todrifeð
geond widwegas      wearnum ealle.
Sceal lof drihtnes      on lust sprecan
min muð mannum      mæla gehwylce,
and flæsca gehwylc      þurh fæle word

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his þone haligan naman      her bletsian
on ecnesse      awa to feore.

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