The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

The Paris Psalter: Psalm 147
Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Herige Hierusalem      georne drihten,
here þu, Sion, swylce      þinne soðne god.
Forþon he getrymede      wið teonhete,
þæt þu þine doru mihtest      bedon fæste,

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and gebletsade      bearna æghwylc
þe on innan þe      ahwær wæren.
He þine gemæru      gemiclade,
þu on utlandum      ahtest sibbe,
and þe gesadade      mid þy selestan

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hwætecynnes      holde lynde.
He his spræce hider      spowendlice
on þas eorðan      ærest sendeð,
and his word yrneð      wundrum sniome.
He snaw sendeð      samed anlice

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swa þu wulle flys      wolcnum bringe,
and þone toweorpeð      wide swa æscean.
He his cristallum      cynnum sendeð
swylc swa hlafgebrece      of heofonwolcnum;
for andwlitan celes      þær ænig ne mæg

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him standan      stiðe mode.
He his word sendeð      þuruh windes gast;
blaweð beorhtlice,      burnan floweð
and to wætere      weorðeð sniome.
He his word eac      ær mid wisdome

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godum Iacobe      geara foresægde,
and Israhele      eac his domas.
Ne dyde he ahwær swa      eldran cynne,
þæt he him his domas      digle gecydde.

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