Metrical Epilogue to the Pastoral Care

Verse Early Saxon

ðis is nu se wæterscipe     ðe us wereda god
to frofre gehet     foldbuendum.
He cwæð ðæt he wolde     ðæt on worulde forð
of ðæm innoðum     a libbendu
5wætru fleowen,     ðe wel on hine
gelifden under lyfte.     Is hit lytel tweo
ðæt ðæs wæterscipes     welsprynge is
on hefonrice,     ðæt is halig gæst.
Ðonan hine hlodan     halge and gecorene,
10siððan hine gierdon     ða ðe gode herdon
ðurh halga bec     hider on eorðan
geond manna mod     missenlice.
Sume hine weriað     on gewitlocan,
wisdomes stream,     welerum gehæftað,
15ðæt he on unnyt     ut ne tofloweð.
Ac se wæl wunað     on weres breostum
ðurh dryhtnes giefe     diop and stille.
Sume hine lætað     ofer landscare
riðum torinnan;     nis ðæt rædlic ðing,
20gif swa hlutor wæter,     hlud and undiop,
tofloweð æfter feldum     oð hit to fenne werð.
Ac hladað iow nu drincan,     nu iow dryhten geaf
ðæt iow Gregorius     gegiered hafað
to durum iowrum     dryhtnes welle.
25Fylle nu his fætels,     se ðe fæstne hider
kylle brohte,     cume eft hræðe.
Gif her ðegna hwelc     ðyrelne kylle
brohte to ðys burnan,     bete hine georne,
ðy læs he forsceade     scirost wætra,
30oððe him lifes drync     forloren weorðe.