Dream of the Rood

Verse Indeterminate Saxon

Hwœt! Ic swefna cyst secgan wylle, hwœt me gemœtte to midre nihte, sypan reordberend reste wunedon! puhte me pœt ic gesawe syllicre treow

on lyft lœdan, leohte bewunden, beama beorhtost. Eall pœt beacen wœs begoten mid golde. Gimmas stodon fœgere œt foldan sceatum, swylce pœr fife wœron uppe on pam eaxlegespanne. Beheoldon pœr engel dryhtnes ealle,

fœgere purh forgesceaft. Ne wœs œr huru fracodes gealga, ac hine pœr beheoldon halige gastas, men ofer moldan, ond eall peos mœre gesceaft. Syllic wœs se sigebeam, ond ic synnum fah, forwunded mid wommum. Geseah ic wuldres treow,

wœdum geweorode, wynnum scinan, gegyred mid golde; gimmas hœfdon bewrigene weorlice wealdendes treow. Hwœre ic purh pœt gold ongytan meahte earmra œrgewin, pœt hit œrest ongan

sw«tan on pa swiran healfe. Eall ic w«s mid sorgum gedrefed, forht ic w«s for p«re f«gran gesyhe. Geseah ic p«t fuse beacen wendan w«dum ond bleom; hwilum hit w«s mid w«tan bestemed, beswyled mid swates gange, hwilum mid since gegyrwed. Hw«re ic p«r licgende lange hwile

beheold hreowcearig holendes treow, o«t ic gehyrde p«t hit hleorode. Ongan pa word sprecan wudu selesta: "p«t w«s geara iu, (ic p«t gyta geman), p«t ic w«s aheawen holtes on ende,

astyred of stefne minum. Genaman me «r strange feondas, geworhton him p«r to w«fersyne, heton me heora wergas hebban. B«ron me «r beornas on eaxlum, o«t hie me on beorg asetton, gef«stnodon me p«r feondas genoge. Geseah ic pa frean mancynnes efstan elne mycle p«t he me wolde on gestigan.

p«r ic pa ne dorste ofer dryhtnes word bugan oe berstan, pa ic bifian geseah eoran sceatas. Ealle ic mihte feondas gefyllan, hw«re ic f«ste stod.

Ongyrede hine pa geong h«le, (p«t w«s god «lmihtig),

strang ond stimod. Gestah he on gealgan heanne, modig on manigra gesyhe, pa he wolde mancyn lysan.

Bifode ic pa me se beorn ymbclypte. Ne dorste ic hw«re bugan to eoran, feallan to foldan sceatum, ac ic sceolde f«ste standan.

heofona hlaford, hyldan me ne dorste.

purhdrifan hi me mid deorcan n«glum. On me syndon pa dolg gesiene, opene inwidhlemmas. Ne dorste ic hira n«nigum scean. Bysmeredon hie unc butu «tg«dere. Eall ic w«s mid blode bestemed, begoten of p«s guman sidan, sian he h«fde his gast onsended.

Feala ic on pam beorge gebiden h«bbe wrara wyrda. Geseah ic weruda god pearle penian. pystro h«fdon bewrigen mid wolcnum wealdendes hr«w, scirne sciman, sceadu foreode,

wann under wolcnum. Weop eal gesceaft, cwidon cyninges fyll. Crist w«s on rode. Hw«ere p«r fuse feorran cwoman to pam «elinge. Ic p«t eall beheold.

Sare ic w«s mid sorgum gedrefed, hnag ic hw«re pam secgum to handa,

eamod elne mycle. Genamon hie p«r «lmihtigne god, ahofon hine of am hefian wite. Forleton me pa hilderincas standan steame bedrifenne; eall ic w«s mid str«lum forwundod. Aledon hie «r limwerigne, gestodon him «t his lices heafdum, beheoldon hie «r heofenes dryhten, ond he hine «r hwile reste,

mee «fter am miclan gewinne. Ongunnon him pa moldern wyrcan beornas on banan gesyhe; curfon hie «t of beorhtan stane, gesetton hie «ron sigora wealdend. Ongunnon him pa sorhleo galan earme on pa «fentide, pa hie woldon eft siian, mee fram pam m«ran peodne. Reste he «r m«te weorode.

Hw«ere we «r greotende gode hwile stodon on staole, syan stefn up gewat hilderinca. Hr«w colode, f«ger feorgbold. pa us man fyllan ongan ealle to eoran. p«t w«s egeslic wyrd!

Bedealf us man on deopan seape. Hw«re me p«r dryhtnes pegnas, freondas gefrunon, ond gyredon me golde ond seolfre. Nu u miht gehyran, h«le min se leofa, p«t ic bealuwara weorc gebiden h«bbe,

sarra sorga. Is nu s«l cumen p«t me weoria wide ond side menn ofer moldan, ond eall peos m«re gesceaft, gebiddap him to pyssum beacne. On me bearn godes prowode hwile. Forpan ic prymf«st nu

hlifige under heofenum, ond ic h«lan m«g «ghwylcne anra, para pe him bi egesa to me. Iu ic w«s geworden wita heardost, leodum laost, «rpan ic him lifes weg rihtne gerymde, reordberendum.

Hw«t, me pa geweorode wuldres ealdor ofer holmwudu, heofonrices weard!

Swylce swa he his modor eac, Marian sylfe, «lmihtig god for ealle menn geweorode ofer eall wifa cynn.

Nu ic pe hate, h«le min se leofa, p«t u pas gesyhe secge mannum, onwreoh wordum p«t hit is wuldres beam, se e «lmihtig god on prowode for mancynnes manegum synnum

ond Adomes ealdgewyrhtum. Dea he p«r byrigde, hw«ere eft dryhten aras mid his miclan mihte mannum to helpe. He a on heofenas astag. Hider eft fundap on pysne middangeard mancynn secan

on domd«ge dryhten sylfa,

«lmihtig god, ond his englas mid, p«t he ponne wile deman, se ah domes geweald, anra gehwylcum swa he him «rur her on pyssum l«num life geearnap.

Ne m«g p«r «nig unforht wesan for pam worde pe se wealdend cwy.

Frine he for p«re m«nige hw«r se man sie, se e for dryhtnes naman deaes wolde biteres onbyrigan, swa he «r on am beame dyde.

Ac hie ponne forhtia, ond fea pencap hw«t hie to Criste cwean onginnen. Ne pearf «r ponne «nig anforht wesan pe him «r in breostum bere beacna selest, ac urh a rode sceal rice gesecan

of eorwege «ghwylc sawl, seo pe mid wealdende wunian pence."

Geb«d ic me pa to pan beame blie mode, elne mycle, p«r ic ana w«s m«te werede. W«s modsefa

afysed on forwege, feala ealra gebad langunghwila. Is me nu lifes hyht p«t ic pone sigebeam secan mote ana oftor ponne ealle men, well weorpian. Me is willa to am

mycel on mode, ond min mundbyrd is geriht to p«re rode. Nah ic ricra feala freonda on foldan, ac hie for heonon gewiton of worulde dreamum, sohton him wuldres cyning, lifiap nu on heofenum mid heahf«dere,

wuniap on wuldre, ond ic wene me daga gehwylce hw«nne me dryhtnes rod, pe ic her on eoran «r sceawode, on pysson l«nan life gefetige ond me ponne gebringe p«r is blis mycel,

dream on heofonum, p«r is dryhtnes folc geseted to symle, p«r is singal blis, ond me ponne asette p«r ic syppan mot wunian on wuldre, well mid pam halgum dreames brucan. Si me dryhten freond,

se e her on eorpan «r prowode on pam gealgtreowe for guman synnum.

He us onlysde ond us lif forgeaf, heofonlicne ham. Hiht w«s geniwad mid bledum ond mid blisse pam pe p«r bryne polodan.

Se sunu w«s sigorf«st on pam sifate, mihtig ond spedig, pa he mid manigeo com, gasta weorode, on godes rice, anwealda «lmihtig, englum to blisse ond eallum am halgum pam pe on heofonum «r

wunedon on wuldre, pa heora wealdend cwom, «lmihtig god, p«r his eel w«s.

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