Prayer

Verse Indeterminate Saxon

«la, drihten leof! «la, dema god! Geara me, ece waldend. Ic wat mine saule synnum forwundod; geh«l pu hy, heofena drihten,

and gelacna pu hy, forpan u eest miht «ra pe gewurde «la, frea beorhta, Gemilsa pyn mod

sile pyne are pynum earminge.

Se by earming pe on eoran her d«iges and nihtes deofle campa and hys willan wyrc; wa him p«re mirige, ponne he a handlean hafa and sceawa,

Se by eadig, se pe on eoran her d«iges and nyhtes drihtne hyr«

and a hys willan wyrc; wel hym p«s geweorkes, onne he a handlean hafa and sceawa,

gyf he ealteawne ende gedreoge. «la, leohtes leoht! «la, lyfes wynn! Getipa me, tireadig kyning, ponne ic minre sawle swegles bydde, ece are. pu eart eae, god,

h«fst and waldest ana ofer ealle eoran and heofonas syddra gesceafta. u eart so meotod, ana ofer ealle eorbugende, lifes ealdor, ealra l«ca side oe wyde. folkes scippend! me to gode, swilce on heofonum up pu eart holend god.

Ne m«g pe aherian h«lea «nig; peh us gesomnie geond sidne grund, men ofer moldan, geond ealne middaneard, ne mage we n«fre as«cgan, ne p«t soe witan, hu pu «ele eart, ece drihten.

Ne peah engla werod up on heofenum snotra tosomne s«cgan ongunnon, ne magon hy n«fre areccean, ne p«t gerim wytan, hu pu m«re eart, mihtig drihten.

Ac is wunder mycel, wealdend engla,

gif pu hit sylfa wast, sigores ealdor, hu pu m«re eart, mihtig and m«genstrang, ealra kyninga kyning, Crist lifiende, ealra worulda scippend, wealdend engla, ealra dugepa dugu, drihten h«lend.

u eart se «ela pe on «rdagum ealra femnena wyn f«gere akende on Bethleem «re byrig beornum to frofre, eallum to are ylda bearnum, pam pe gelyfa on lyfiendne god

and on p«t ece leoht uppe on roderum. yn m«gen ys swa m«re, mihtig drihten, swa p«t «nig ne wat eorbuende pa deopnesse drihtnes mihta, ne p«t «nig ne wat engla hades

pa heahnisse heofena kyninges.

Ic pe andette, «lmihtig god, p«t ic gelyfe on pe, leofa h«lend, p«t pu eart se miccla and se m«genstranga and se eadmoda ealra goda

and se ece kyning ealra gesceafta, and ic eom se litla for pe and se lyra man, se her syngige swie genehhe, d«ges and nihtes do, swa ic ne sceolde, hwile mid weorce, hwile mid worde,

hwile mid gepohte, pearle scyldi, inwitnias oft and gelome. Ac ic pe halsige nu, heofena drihten, and gebidde me to pe, bearna selost, p«t u gemilsige me, mihtig drihten,

heofena heahkyning and se halga gast, and gefylste me, feder «lmihtig, p«t ic pinne willan gewyrcean m«ge, «r ic of pysum lxnan lyfe gehweorfe. Ne forweorn pu me, wuldres drihten,

ac getypa me, tyreadig kyning, l«t me mid englum up siian, sittan on swegle, herian heofonas god haligum reorde a butan ende. Amen.

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