The Paris Psalter: Psalm 106

Verse Indeterminate Saxon

Ic andette     ecne drihten,
þæne goodan god,     forðan ic hine gleawne wat;
is his mildheortnes     mycel to worulde.
Secge þæt nu ða,     þæt hi sylfa god
5alysde, lifes weard,     laðum of handa,
and hi of sidfolcum     gesamnade.
Fram uppgange     æryst sunnan
oþþæt heo gewiteð     on westrodur
and fram sæ norðan     swycedan geond westen;
10ne meahton ceastre weg     cuðne mittan,
þe hi eardunge     on genaman.
Hæfde hi hungor and þurst     heard gewyrded,
þæt him frecne on     feorh aðolude.
And hi þa on þære costunge     cleopedan to dryhtne,
15and he hi of þam earfeðum     eallum alysde.
Hi þa gelædde     lifes ealdor,
þær hi on rihtne weg     ricene eodan,
oðþæt hi cuðlice     on becwoman
to hiora cestre     eardungstowe.
20Forðon hi mildheortnesse     mihtigan drihtnes
ealle andettað,     and eac sæcgeað
mycel wundur hys     manna bearnum.
Forðon he gesedeð     sawle idle,
and þa hungrian     her mid godum
25fæste gefylleð     to feore syþþan,
þa þe her on ðystrum     þrage sæton
and on deaðes scuan     deorcum lifdan,
gebundene     bealuwe feterum
on wædle wrace     and on iserne.
30Forðon hi dydan     drihtnes spræce
æghwæs ægype,     and his geðeaht swylce
þæs heahstan him     hæfdan on bysmer.
Hiora heorte wæs     hean on gewinnum
and untrume     ealle wæran,
35næfdan þa on foldan     fultum ænne.
Hi on costunge     cleopedan to drihtne,
and he hi of þam earfoðum     eallum alysde.
And he hi of þam þystrum     þanon alædde
and of deaðes scuan     deorcum generede
40and heora bendas towearp     bitre sneome.
Forðan hi mildheort mod     mihtigan drihtnes
ealle andettan,     and eac cweþan
mycel wundur his     ofer manna bearn.
Forðon he æren dor     eaðe gescæneð
45and iserne steng     ana gebigeð.
He hi of unrihtum     ealle swylce
þam wraðan wege     wis alædeð,
þær hi wæron on woo     ær wraðe besmitene.
Hi onhysctan     æghwylcne mete,
50mode mægen heora,     oð unmihte,
þæt hy wið deaða duru     drencyde wæran.
Þa hi on costunge     cleopedan to drihtne,
and he hi of þam earfoþum     eallum alysde.
He him wisfæstlic     word onsende,
55þurh þæt hi hrædlice     hælde wæron
and of heora forwyrde     wurdan generede.
Forðon hi nu andettan     ecum drihtne,
þæt he milde wearð     manna cynne;
mycel ys his wundur     ofer manna bearn.
60Hi him sculon laces lof     lustum bringan,
and his weorc wynsum     wide sæcgean.
Þa þe sæ seceað,     mid scipe liðað,
wyrceað weorc mænig     on wæterðryþum.
Hi drihtnes weorc     digul gesawon
65and his wundra wearn     on wætergrundum.
Gif he sylfa cwyð,     sona ætstandað
ystige gastas     ofer egewylmum,
beoð heora yþa     up astigene.
Þa to heofenum up     heah astigað,
70nyþer gefeallað     under neowulne grund;
oft þa on yfele     eft aþindað.
Gedrefede þa     deope syndan,
hearde onhrerede     her anlicast,
hu druncen hwylc     gedwæs spyrige;
75ealle heora snytru beoð     yfele forglendred.
Hi on costunge     cleopedan to drihtne,
and he hi of earfeðum     eallum alysde.
He yste mæg     eaðe oncyrran,
þæt him windes hweoðu     weorðeð smylte,
80and þa yðe     eft swygiað,
bliþe weorðað,     þa þe brimu weþað.
And he hi on hælo     hyþe gelædde,
swa he hira willan     wyste fyrmest,
and he hig of earfoðum     eallum alysde.
85Hi andettan     ealle drihtne,
hu he milde wearð     manna cynne;
mære synd his wundur     ofer manna bearn.
Forðon hine on cyrcean     cristenes folces
hean ahebbað,     and him hælu and lof
90on sotelum soðfæstra     secgean to worulde.
He on westenne     wynne streamas
soðfæst sette,     þær he sarig folc
geðewde þurste     þa blissade.
He ða weaxendan     wende eorðan
95on sealtne mersc     for synndædum
þara eardendra,     þe hire on lifdan.
Westen he geworhte     on widne mere,
and swylce eorðan     eac butan wætre
on utgange     æþelast burnan.
100Þær he hungrium     ham staðelude,
and þær gesetton     swylce ceastre,
þær hi eard namon     awa syþþan.
Hi wingeardas     wyrcean ongunnon,
sæde seowan,     syþþan growan
105lungre land heora     aloden wæstmum.
Þa he bletsade,     and hi brade þa
weoxan weorðlice,     wide greowan;
næs heora neata     nan geyfelad.
Oft hi fea wurdan     feondum geswencte
110fram þære costunge     þe him becwom æfter,
sares and yfeles,     þe hi syþþan begeat.
Syððan hi forhogedan     halige lare;
hiora ealdormen     ealle wæron
sare beswicene,     swicedan oftust
115and on wegas werige     wendan hwilum of.
Þær he þearfendra     þa miltsude,
and hi of wædle     wean alysde,
sette heora staðol     sceapum anlice.
Syþþan þæt soðfæste geseoð,     sniome æfter
120bliðe weorðað,     beot geþenceað,
þæt unrihta gehwylc     eft oncyrreð
and his sylfes muð     symble hemneð.
Hwylc is wisra nu     wel snotera,
þe þas mid gehygde     healdan cunne,
125and milde mod     mihtigan drihtnes
full gleawlice     ongite syþþan?