Maxims II

Verse Indeterminate Saxon

Cyning sceal rice healdan. Ceastra beo feorran gesyne, oranc enta geweorc, pa pe on pysse eoran syndon, wratlic weallstana geweorc. Wind by on lyfte swiftust, punar by pragum hludast. prymmas syndan Cristes myccle, wyrd by swiost. Winter by cealdost, lencten hrimigost (he by lengest ceald), sumor sunwlitegost (swegel by hatost), h«rfest hreeadegost, h«leum bringe geres w«stmas, pa pe him god sende.

So bi switolost, sinc by deorost, gold gumena gehwam, and gomol snoterost, fyrngearum frod, se pe «r feala gebide. Weax bi wundrum clibbor. Wolcnu scria. Geongne «peling sceolan gode gesias

byldan to beaduwe and to beahgife. Ellen sceal on eorle, ecg sceal wi hellme hilde gebidan. Hafuc sceal on glofe wilde gewunian, wulf sceal on bearowe, earm anhaga, eofor sceal on holte,

tom«genes trum. Til sceal on ele domes wyrcean. Daro sceal on handa, gar golde fah. Gim sceal on hringe standan steap and geap. Stream sceal on yum mencgan mereflode. M«st sceal on ceole,

segelgyrd seomian. Sweord sceal on bearme, drihtlic isern. Draca sceal on hl«we, frod, fr«twum wlanc. Fisc sceal on w«tere cynren cennan. Cyning sceal on healle beagas d«lan. Bera sceal on h«e,

eald and egesfull flodgr«g feran. tirf«stra getrum. wisdom on were. bl«dum blowan.

grene standan. God sceal on heofenum, d«da demend. Duru sceal on healle, rum recedes mu. Rand sceal on scylde, f«st fingra gebeorh. Fugel uppe sceal lacan on lyfte. Leax sceal on w«le

mid sceote scrian. Scur sceal on heofenum,

Ea of dune sceal Fyrd sceal «tsomne, Treow sceal on eorle, Wudu sceal on foldan Beorh sceal on eorpan

winde geblanden, in pas woruld cuman.

peof sceal gangan pystrum wederum. pyrs sceal on fenne gewunian ana innan lande. Ides sceal dyrne cr«fte, femne hire freond gesecean, gif heo nelle on folce gepeon p«t hi man beagum gebicge. Brim sceal sealte weallan, lyfthelm and laguflod ymb ealra landa gehwylc, flowan firgenstreamas. Feoh sceal on eoran tydran and tyman. Tungol sceal on heofenum beorhte scinan, swa him bebead meotud.

God sceal wi yfele, geogo sceal wi yldo, lif sceal wi deape, leoht sceal wi pystrum, fyrd wi fyrde, feond wi orum, la wi lape ymb land sacan, synne st«lan. A sceal snotor hycgean ymb pysse worulde gewinn, wearh hangian, fegere ongildan p«t he «r facen dyde manna cynne. Meotod ana wat hwyder seo sawul sceal syan hweorfan, and ealle pa gastas pe for gode hweorfa

«fter dead«ge, domes bida on f«der f«me. Is seo forgesceaft digol and dyrne; drihten ana wat, nergende feder. N«ni eft cyme hider under hrofas, pe p«t her for so mannum secge hwylc sy meotodes gesceaft, sigefolca gesetu, p«r he sylfa wuna.

A Proverb from Winfrid's Time

Verse Indeterminate Saxon

Oft daedlata dome foreldit, sigisitha gahuem, suuyltit thi ana.

The Judgment Day II

Verse Indeterminate Saxon

Hw«t! Ic ana s«t innan bearwe, mid helme bepeht, holte tomiddes, p«r pa w«terburnan swegdon and urnon on middan geh«ge, eal swa ic secge.

Eac p«r wynwyrta innon pam gemonge and pa wudubeamas purh winda gryre; and min earme mod

pa ic f«ringa, forht and unrot, pas unhyrlican fers onhefde mid sange, eall swylce pu cw«de, synna gemunde, lifes leahtra, and pa langan tid, p«s dimman cyme deaes on eoran.

Ic ondr«de me eac dom pone miclan for mand«dum minum on eoran, and p«t ece ic eac yrre ondr«de me and synfulra gehwam «t sylfum gode, and hu mihtig frea eall manna cynn

tod«le and todeme purh his dihlan miht. Ic gemunde eac m«re drihtnes and para haligra on heofonan rice, swylce earmsceapenra yfel and witu. Ic gemunde pis mid me, and ic mearn swie,

and ic murcnigende cw«, mode gedrefed: "Nu ic eow, «ddran, ealle bidde p«t ge wylspringas wel ontynan, hate of hleorum, recene to tearum, p«nne ic synful slea swie mid fyste,

breost mine beate on gebedstowe, and minne lichaman lecge on eoran and geearnade sar ealle ic gecige. Ic bidde eow benum nu a p«t ge ne wandian wiht for tearum,

ac dreorige hleor drecca mid wope weoxon and bleowon on «nlicum wonge, wagedon and swegdon wolcn w«s gehrered, eal w«s gedrefed.

and sealtum dropum sona ofergeotap, and geopenia man ecum drihtne. Ne p«r owiht inne ne belife on heortscrafe heanra gylta,

p«t hit ne sy d«gcu, p«t p«t dihle w«s, openum wordum eall ab«red, breostes and tungan and ftesces swa some.

is is an h«l earmre sauwle and pam sorgiendum selest hihta,

p«t he wunda her wope gecye uplicum l«ce, se ana m«g aglidene mod gode geh^lan and raplingas recene onbindan, ne mid swiran his swype nele brysan

wanhydige mod wealdend engla, ne pone wlacan smocan waces fleaxes wyle waldend Crist w«tere gedw^scan. Hu ne gesceop pe se scapa scearplice bysne pe mid Criste w«s cwylmed on rode,

hu micel forstent and hu m«re is seo soe hreow synna and gylta? Se sceapa w«s on rode scyldig and manful, mid und^dum eall gesymed; he drihtene swa peah, deae gehende,

his bena bebead breostgehigdum. He mid lyt wordum ac geleaffullum his h«le begeat and help recene, and in gefor pa «nlican geatu neorxnawonges mid nerigende.

Ic acsige pe, la, earme gepanc, hwi latast pu swa lange, p«t pu e l«ce ne cypst, oe hwi swigast pu, synnigu tunge, nu pu forgifnesse h«fst gearugne timan, nu pe «lmihtig earum atihtum,

heofonrices weard, gehyre mid lustum? Ac se d«g cyme onne deme god eoran ymbhwyrft; pu ana scealt gyldan scad wordum wi scyppend god, and pam rican frean riht agyldan.

Ic l«re p«t pu beo hr«dra mid hreowlicum tearum, and p«t yrre forfoh eces deman. Hw«t ligst pu on horwe leahtrum afylled, fl«sc, mid synnum? Hwi ne feormast pu mid teara gyte torne synne?

Hwi ne bidst pu pe bepunga and plaster, lifes l«cedomes «t lifes frean? Nu pu scealt greotan, tearas geotan, pa hwile tima sy and tid wopes; nu is halwende p«t man her wepe

and d«dbote do drihtne to willan.

Gl«d bi se godes sunu, gif pu gnorn prowast and pe sylfum demst for synnum on eoran, ne heofenes god hena and gyltas ofer «nne syp wrecan wile «nigum men.

Ne scealt pu forhyccan heaf and wopas and forgifnesse gearugne timan. Gemyne eac on mode, hu micel is p«t wite pe para earmra by for «rd«dum, oppe hu egeslice and hu andrysne

heahprymme cyningc her wile deman anra gehwylcum be «rd«dum, oppe hwylce forebeacn feran onginna and Cristes cyme cypa on eoran. Eall eore bifa, eac swa pa duna

dreosa and hreosa, and beorga hliu buga and mylta, and se egeslica sweg ungerydre s« eall manna mod miclum gedrefe. Eal bi eac upheofon

sweart and gesworcen, swie gepuxsa, deorc and dimhiw, and dwolma sweart. ponne stedelease steorran hreosa,

and seo sunne forswyrc sona on morgen, ne se mona n«f nanre mihte wiht, p«t he p«re nihte genipu m«ge flecgan. Eac ponne cuma hider ufon of heofone deabeacnigende tacn, brega pa earman; ponne cuma upplice eoredheapas, stipm«gen astyred, stylla embutan eal engla werod, ecne behl«na, one m«ran metod mihte and prymme. Sitt ponne sigelbeorht swegles brytta on heahsetle, helme beweorod. We beo f«ringa him beforan brohte,

«ghwanum cumene to his ansyne, p«t gehwylc underfo dom be his d«dum «t drihtne sylfum.

Ic bidde, man, p«t pu gemune hu micel bi se broga beforan domsetle drihtnes p«nne;

stent hergea m«st heortleas and earh, amasod and amarod, mihtleas, af«red. p«nne samod becuma of swegles hleo eall engla werod, ecne ymtrymma. p«nne bi geban micel, and aboden pider eal Adames cnosl eorbuendra pe on foldan wear feded «fre oe modar geb«r to manlican, oppe pa pe w«ron oe woldon beon oppe towearde geteald w«ron awiht.

onne eallum beo ealra gesweotolude digle gepancas on p«re d«gtide, eal p«t seo heorte hearmes gepohte oe seo tunge to teonan geclypede oppe mannes hand manes gefremede on pystrum scr«fum pinga on eoran; eal p«t hw«ne sceamode scylda on worulde, p«t he «nigum men ypte oe cyde, ponne bi eallum open «tsomne,

gelice alyfed p«t man lange h«l.

Ufenan eall pis eac by gefylled eal uplic lyft «ttrenum lige.

F«r fyr ofer eall, ne by p«r nan foresteal, ne him man na ne m«g miht forwyrnan;

eal p«t us pinc «mtig eahgemearces under roderes ryne, readum lige bi emnes mid py eal gefylled. onne fyren lig blawe and brasla, read and reae, r«sct and efeste, hu he synfullum susle gefremme;

ne se wrecenda bryne wile forbugan oe «nigum p«r are gefremman, buton he horwum sy her afeormad, and ponne pider cume, pearle acl«nsad. ponne fela m«ga, folca unrim, heora sinnigan breost swilice beata forhte mid fyste for fyrenlustum. p«r beo pearfan and peodcyningas, earm and eadig, ealle beo af«red; p«r h«f ane lage earm and se welega, foron hi habba ege ealle «tsomne. «t ree flod r«scet fyre and biterlice b«rn a earman saula, and heora heortan horxlice wyrmas, synscyldigra, ceorfa and slita.

Ne m«g p«r «ni man be agnum gewyrhtum gedyrstig wesan, deman gehende, ac ealle purhyrn oga «tsomne, breostgehyda and se bitera wop, and p«r st«nt astifad, stane gelicast, eal arleas heap yfeles on wenan. Hw«t dest pu, la, fl«sc? Hw«t dreogest pu nu? Hw«t miht pu on pa tid pearfe gewepan? Wa pe nu, pu ^e peowast ^issere worulde, and her gl«d leofast on galnysse

and pe mid stium astyrest sticelum p«s g«lsan! Hwi ne forhtas pu fyrene egsan, and pe sylfum ondr«d swilice witu, a deoflum geo drihten geteode, awyrgedum gastum, weana to leane?

pa oferswia sefan and spruce manna gehwylces for micelnysse. N«nig spr«c m«g beon, spellum areccan «negum on eoran earmlice witu, fulle stowa fyres on grunde,

pe w«s in grimmum susle on helle. p«r synt to sorge «tsomne gemenged se prosma lig and se prece gicela, swie hat and ceald helle tomiddes. Hwilum p«r eagan ungemetum wepa

for p«s ofnes bryne (eal he is bealuwes full); hwilum eac pa tep for miclum cyle manna p«r gryrra. pis atule gewrixl earmsceapene men on worulda woruld wenda p«r inne betwyx forsworcenum sweartum nihtum

and weallendes pices wean and prosme. p«r nan stefn styre butan stearcheard wop and wanung, nawiht elles; ne bi p«r ansyn gesewen «nigre wihte, butan para cwelra pe cwylma a earman.

Ne bi p«r inne aht gemeted butan lig and cyle and lalic ful;

hy mid nosan ne magon naht gesw«ccan butan unstences orm«tnesse.

p«r beo pa wanigendan welras gefylde

ligspiwelum bryne lalices fyres, and hy w«lgrimme wyrmas slita and heora ban gnaga brynigum tuxlum. Ufenon eal pis bi p«t earme breost mid bitere care breged and swenced,

for hwi fyrngende fl«sc on pas frecnan tid hym selfum swa fela synna geworhte, p«t hit on cweartern cwylmed wurde, p«r a atelan synd ecan witu; p«r leohtes ne leoht lytel sperca

earmum «nig, ne p«r arf«stnes ne sib ne hopa ne swige geglada ne para wependra worn wihte.

Flyh frofor aweg; ne bi p«r fultum nan p«t wi pa biteran ping gebeorh m«ge fremman.

Ne bi p«r ansyn gemet «nigre blisse, ac bi angryslic ege and fyrhtu and sari mod, swilic gristbigtung; p«r bi unrotnes «ghw«r w«lhreow, adl and yrre and «melnes,

and p«r synnge eac sauwle on lige on blindum scr«fe byrna and yrna. ponne deriende gedwina heonone pysse worulde gefean, gewita mid ealle; ponne druncennes gedwine mid wistum,

and hleahter and plega hleapa «tsomne, and wr«nnes eac gewite heonone, and f«sthafolnes feor gewite, uncyst onweg and «lc g«lsa scyldig scyndan on sceade ponne,

and se earma flyh uncr«ftiga sl«p sleac mid sluman slincan on hinder. onne blindum beseah biterum ligum earme on ende p«t unalyfed is nu; leofest on life la bi p«nne,

and p«t werige mod wenda pa gyltas swie mid sorgum and mid sargunge. Eala, se bi ges«lig and ofers«lig and on worulda woruld wihta ges«ligost, se pe mid gesyntum swylce cwyldas

and witu m«g wel forbugon, and samod blie on woruld ealle his peodne gepeon, and ponne mot habban heofonrice; p«t is hihta m«st. p«r niht ne genim n«fre peostrum

p«s heofenlican leohtes sciman; ne cym p«r sorh ne sar ne geswenced yld, ne p«r «nig geswinc «fre gelimpe, oe hunger oppe purst oe heanlic sl«p, ne bi p«r fefur ne adl ne f«rlic cwyld, nanes liges gebrasl ne se lalica cyle. Nis p«r unrotnes ne p«r «melnys, ne hryre ne caru ne hreoh tintrega, ne bi p«r liget ne lalic storm, winter ne punerrad ne wiht cealdes, ne p«r hagulscuras hearde mid snawe, ne bi p«r w«dl ne lyre ne deaes gryre ne yrm ne agnes ne «nigu gnornung, ac p«r samod ricxa sib mid spede, and arf«stnes and ece god, wuldor and wurmynt, swylce lof and lif and leoflic gepw^rnes. Ufenan eal pis ece drihten him ealra goda gehwylc gl«dlice ena, p«r a andweard ealle weorap and fehp and geblyssa f«der «tsomne, wuldrap and wel hylt, f«gere fr«tua and freolice lufa and on heofonsetle hean geregna. His sunu blie, sigores brytta, syl anra gehwam ece mede, heofonlice hyrsta, p«t is healic gifu, gemang pam «nlican engla werode and p«ra haligra heapum and preatum. p«r hy beo gepeode peodscipum on gemang betwyx heahf«deras and halige witegan, blissiendum modum, byrgum tomiddes,

p«r pa «rendracan synd «lmihtiges godes, and betweoh rosena reade heapas, p«r symle scina.

p«r p«ra hwittra hwyrf m«denheap, blostmum behangen, beorhtost wereda, pe ealle l«t «nlicu godes drut, seo frowe pe us frean acende, metod on moldan, meowle seo cl«ne.

p«t is Maria, m«dena selast; heo let purh pa scenan scinendan ricu, gebletsodost ealra, p«s breman f«der, betweox f«der and sunu, freolicum werede, and betwyx p«re ecan uplicum sibbe rice r«dwitan, rodera weardas. Hw«t m«g beon heardes her on life, gif pu wille secgan so p«m e frine, wi pam pu mote gemang pam werode eardian unbleoh on ecnesse, and on upcundra eadegum setlum brucan blinesse butan ende for?"

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