The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

The Gloria I
Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Gloria. Sy þe wuldor and lof      wide geopenod
geond ealle þeoda,      þanc and wylla,
mægen and mildse      and ealles modes lufu,

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soðfæstra sib,      and ðines sylfes dom
worulde gewlitegod,      swa ðu wealdan miht
eall eorðan mægen      and uplyfte,
wind and wolcna.      Wealdest eall on riht.
Patri et filio et spiritui sancto.
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þu eart frofra fæder      and feorhhyrde,
lifes latteow,      leohtes wealdend,
asyndrod fram synnum,      swa ðin sunu mære
þurh clæne gecynd,      cyning ofer ealle,
beald gebletsod,      boca lareow,

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heah higefrofer      and halig gast.
Sicut erat in principio. Swa wæs on fruman      frea mancynnes
ealre worulde      wlite and frofer,
clæne and cræftig.      þu gecyddest þæt

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þa ðu, ece god,      ana gewrohtest
þurh halige miht      heofonas and eorðan,
eardas and uplyft      and ealle þing.
þu settest on foldan      swyðe feala cynna
and tosyndrodost hig      syððon on mænego;

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þu gewrohtest, ece god,      ealle gesceafta
on syx dagum,      and on þone seofoðan þu gerestest.
þa wæs geforðad      þin fægere weorc,
and ðu sunnandæg      sylf halgodest
and gemærsodest hine      manegum to helpe.

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þone heahan dæg      healdað and freoðiaþ
ealle þa ðe cunnon      cristene þeawas,
halige heortlufan      and ðæs hehstan gebod;
on drihtnes namon      se dæg is gewurðod.
Et nunc et semper.
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And nu and symble      þine soðan weorc
and ðin mycele miht      manegum swytelað,
swa þine cræftas heo      cyðaþ wide
ofer ealle woruld;      ece standeþ
godes handgeweorc,      groweð swa ðu hete.

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Ealle þe heriað      halige dreamas
clænre stefne      and cristene bec,
eall middaneard,      and we men cweþað
on grunde her:      "Gode lof and ðanc,
ece willa,      and ðin agen dom!"

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Et is secula seculorum. And on worulda woruld      wunað and rixað
cyning innan wuldre      and his þa gecorenan,
heahþrymnesse      haliges gastes,
wlitige englas      and wuldorgyfe,

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soðe sibbe,      sawla þancung,
modes miltse.      þær is seo mæste lufu;
haligdomes      heofonas syndon
þurh þine ecan word      æghwær fulle,
swa syndon þine mihta      ofer middangeard

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swutele and gesyne,      þæt ðu hy sylf worhtest.
Amen. We þæt soðlice      secgað ealle:
þurh clæne gecynd      þu eart cyning on riht,
clæne and cræftig.      þu gecyddest þæt

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þa ðu, mihtig god,      man geworhtest
and him on dydest      oruð and sawul,
sealdest word and gewitt      and wæstma gecynd,
cyddest þine cræftas.      Swylc is Cristes miht!

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