The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

The Kentish Hymn
Verse Indeterminate Saxon


Wuton wuldrian      weorada dryhten
halgan hlioðorcwidum,      hiofenrices weard,
lufian liofwendum,      lifes agend,
and him simle sio      sigefest wuldor

5

uppe mid ænglum,      and on eorðan sibb
gumena gehwilcum      goodes willan.
We ðe heriað      halgum stefnum
and þe blætsiað,      bilewit feder,
and ðe þanciað,      þioda walden,

10

ðines weorðlican      wuldordreames
and ðinra miclan      mægena gerena,
ðe ðu, god dryhten,      gastes mæhtum
hafest on gewealdum      hiofen and eorðan,
an ece feder,      ælmehtig god.

15

ðu eart cyninga cyningc      cwicera gehwilces,
ðu eart sigefest sunu      and soð helend
ofer ealle gesceft      angla and manna.
ðu, dryhten god,      on dreamum wunast
on ðære upplican      æðelan ceastre,

20

frea folca gehwæs,      swa ðu æt fruman wære
efeneadig bearn      agenum fæder.
ðu eart heofenlic lioht      and ðæt halige lamb,
ðe ðu manscilde      middangeardes
for þinre arfestnesse      ealle towurpe,

25

fiond geflæmdest,      follc generedes,
blode gebohtest      bearn Israela,
ða ðu ahofe      ðurh ðæt halige triow
ðinre ðrowunga      ðriostre senna,
þæt ðu on hæahsetle      heafena rices

30

sitest sigehræmig      on ða swiðran hand
ðinum godfæder,      gasta gemyndig.
Mildsa nu, meahtig,      manna cynne,
and of leahtrum ales      ðine ða liofan gesceft,
and us hale gedo,      heleða sceppend,

35

niða nergend,      for ðines naman are.
ðu eart soðlice      simle halig,
and ðu eart ana      æce dryhten,
and ðu ana bist      eallra dema
cwucra ge deadra,      Crist nergende,

40

forðan ðu on ðrymme ricsast      and on ðrinesse
and on annesse,      ealles waldend,
hiofena heahcyninc,      haliges gastes
fegere gefelled      in fæder wuldre.

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