The Meters of Boethius: Meter 22

Verse Indeterminate Saxon

Se þe æfter rihte     mid gerece wille
inweardlice     æfter spyrian
swa deoplice,     þæt hit todrifan ne mæg
monna ænig,     ne amerran huru
5ænig eorðlic ðincg,     he ærest sceal
secan on him selfum     þæt he sume hwile
ymbutan hine     æror sohte.
Sece þæt siððan     on his sefan innan,
and forlæte an,     swa he oftost mæge,
10ælcne ymbhogan     ðy him unnet sie,
and gesamnige,     swa he swiðost mæge,
ealle to þæm anum     his ingeðonc,
gesecge his mode     þæt hit mæg findan
eall on him innan     þæt hit oftost nu
15ymbutan hit     ealneg seceð,
gooda æghwylc.     He ongit siððan
yfel and unnet     eal þæt he hæfde
on his incofan     æror lange
efne swa sweotole     swa he on þa sunnan mæg
20eagum andweardum     on locian,
and he eac ongit     his ingeþonc
leohtre and berhtre     þonne se leoma sie
sunnan on sumera,     þonne swegles gim,
hador heofontungol,     hlutrost scineð.
25Forðæm þæs lichoman     leahtras and hefignes
and þa unþeawas     eallunga ne magon
of mode ation     monna ænegum
rihtwisnesse,     ðeah nu rinca hwæm
þæs lichoman     leahtras and hefignes
30and unþeawas     oft bysigen
monna modsefan,     mæst and swiðost
mid þære yflan     oforgiotolnesse;
mid gedwolmiste     dreorigne sefan
fortihð mod foran     monna gehwelces,
35þæt hit swa beorhte ne mot     blican and scinan
swa hit wolde,     gif hit geweald ahte;
þeah bið sum corn     sædes gehealden
symle on ðære saule     soðfæstnesse,
þenden gadertang wunað     gast on lice.
40Ðæs sædes corn     bið symle aweaht
mid ascunga,     eac siððan mid
goodre lare,     gif hit growan sceal.
Hu mæg ænig man     andsware findan
ðinga æniges,     þegen mid gesceade,
45þeah hine rinca hwilc     rihtwislice
æfter frigne     gif he awuht nafað
on his modsefan     mycles ne lytles
rihtwisnesse     ne geradscipes?
Nis þeah ænig man     þætte ealles swa
50þæs geradscipes     swa bereafod sie
þæt he andsware     ænige ne cunne
findan on ferhðe,     gif he frugnen bið.
Forðæm hit is riht spell     þæt us reahte gio
ald uðwita,     ure Platon;
55he cwæð þætte æghwilc     ungemyndig
rihtwisnesse     hine hræðe sceolde
eft gewendan     into sinum
modes gemynde;     he mæg siððan
on his runcofan     rihtwisnesse
60findan on ferhte     fæste gehydde
mid gedræfnesse     dogora gehwilce
modes sines     mæst and swiðost,
and mid hefinesse     his lichoman,
and mid þæm bisgum     þe on breostum styreð
65mon on mode     mæla gehwylce.