Soul and Body I

Verse Indeterminate Saxon

Huru, «s behofa h«lea «ghwylc p«t he his sawle si sylfa gepence, hu p«t bi deoplic ponne se dea cyme, asyndre pa sybbe pe «r samod w«ron, lic ond sawle! Lang bi syan p«t se gast nime «t gode sylfum swa wite swa wuldor, swa him on worulde «r efne p«t eorf«t «r geworhte.

Sceal se gast cuman geohum hremig, symble ymbe seofon niht sawle findan pone lichoman pe hie «r lange w«g, preo hund wintra, butan «r peodcyning, «lmihtig god, ende worulde wyrcan wille, weoruda dryhten.

Cleopa ponne swa cearful cealdan reorde, sprece grimlice se gast to pam duste: "Hw«t, druh u dreorega, to hwan drehtest u me, eoran fulnes eal forwisnad, lames gelicnes! Lyt u gemundest to hwan pinre sawle ping sipan wurde, syan of lichoman l«ded w«re!

Hw«t, wite u me, weriga! Hw«t, u huru wyrma gyfl lyt gepohtest, pa u lustgryrum eallum ful geeodest, hu u on eoran scealt wyrmum to wiste! Hw«t, u on worulde «r

lyt gepohtest hu pis is pus lang hider! Hw«t, pe la engel ufan of roderum sawle onsende purh his sylfes hand, meotod «lmihtig, of his m«genprymme,

ond pe gebohte blode py halgan, ond pu me mid py heardan hungre gebunde ond geh«ftnedest helle witum!

Eardode ic pe on innan. Ne meahte ic e of cuman, ftesce befangen, ond me fyrenlustas

pine geprungon. p«t me puhte ful oft p«t hit w«re XXX pusend wintra to pinum dead«ge. A ic uncres gedales onbad earfolice. Nis nu huru se ende to god! W«re pu pe wiste wlanc ond wines s«d,

prymful punedest, ond ic ofpyrsted w«s godes lichoman, gastes drynces. Foran pu ne hogodest her on life, syan ic e on worulde wunian sceolde, p«t u w«re purh ftesc ond purh fyrenlustas

strange gestryned ond gestaolod purh me, ond ic w«s gast on e fram gode sended. N«fre u me wi swa heardum helle witum ne generedest purh pinra nieda lust. Scealt u minra gesynta sceame prowian

on am myclan d«ge ponne eall manna cynn se ancenneda ealle gesamna. Ne eart u pon leofra n«nigum lifigendra men to gem«ccan, ne meder ne feder ne n«nigum gesybban, ponne se swearta hrefen,

syan ic ana of e ut siode purh p«s sylfes hand pe ic «r onsended w«s.

Ne magon pe nu heonon adon hyrsta ^a readan ne gold ne seolfor ne pinra goda nan, ne pinre bryde beag ne pin boldwela,

ne nan para goda pe u iu ahtest, ac her sceolon onbidan ban bereafod, besliten synum, ond pe pin sawl sceal minum unwillum oft gesecan, wemman pe mid wordum, swa u worhtest to me.

Eart u nu dumb ond deaf, ne synt pine dreamas awiht. Sceal ic e nihtes swa peah nede gesecan, synnum gesargod, ond eft sona fram pe hweorfan on hancred, ponne halige men lifiendum gode lofsang do,

secan pa hamas pe u me her scrife, ond pa arleasan eardungstowe, ond pe sculon her moldwyrmas manige ceowan, slitan sarlice swearte wihta, gifre ond gr«dige. Ne synt pine «hta awihte

pe u her on moldan mannum eowdest. Foran pe w«re selre swie mycle ponne pe w«ron ealle eoran speda, (butan pu hie gedulde dryhtne sylfum), p«r u wurde «t fryme fugel oe fisc on s«,

oe on eoran neat feldgangende oe on westenne p«t wyrreste, ge peah u w«re

p«t grimmeste, p«r swa god wolde, ponne u «fre on moldan man gewurde oe «fre fulwihte onfon sceolde. ponne u for unc b«m andwyrdan scealt on am miclan d«ge, ponne mannum beo

wunda onwrigene, pa e on worulde «r fyrenfulle men fyrn geworhton, onne wyle dryhten sylf d«da gehyran h«lea gehwylces, heofena scippend, «t ealra manna gehw«s mues reorde

wunde wierlean. Ac hw«t wylt u p«r on pam domd«ge dryhtne secgan?

ponne ne bi nan na to p«s lytel li on lime aweaxen,

«tes tilode, feoh butan snyttro, wildra deora p«r swa god wolde, wyrma cynna p«t u ne scyle for anra gehwylcum onsundrum riht agildan, ponne ree bi

dryhten «t pam dome. Ac hw«t do wyt unc? Sculon wit ponne eft «tsomne sian brucan swylcra yrma, swa u unc her «r scrife!" Fyrna pus p«t fl«schord, sceall ponne feran onweg, secan hellegrund, nall«s heofondreamas,

d«dum gedrefed. Lige dust p«r hit w«s, ne m«g him ondsware «nige gehatan, geomrum gaste, geoce oe frofre. Bi p«t heafod tohliden, handa toliode, geaglas toginene, goman toslitene,

sina beo asocene, swyra becowen, fingras tohrorene.

Rib reafia ree wyrmas, beo hira tungan totogenne on tyn healfa hungregum to frofre; forpan hie ne magon huxlicum

wordum wrixlian wi pone werian gast.

Gifer hatte se wyrm, pe pa eaglas beo n«dle scearpran. Se genydde to

«rest eallra on pam eorscr«fe, p«t he pa tungan totyh ond pa te purhsmyh

ond pa eagan purhete ufan on p«t heafod ond to «twelan orum geryme, wyrmum to wiste, ponne p«t werie lic acolod bi p«t he lange «r werede mid w«dum. Bi ponne wyrma gifel,

«t on eorpan. p«t m«g «ghwylcum men to gemynde, modsnotra gehwam! onne bi hyhtlicre p«t sio halige sawl f«re to am fl«sce, frofre bewunden. Bi p«t «rende eadiglicre

funden on ferhe. Mid gefean sece lustum p«t lamf«t p«t hie «r lange w«g. ponne pa gastas gode word spreca, snottre, sigef«ste, ond pus solice

pone lichoman lustum gretap:

"Wine leofesta, peah e wyrmas gyt gifre gretap, nu is pin gast cumen, f«gere gefr«tewod, of mines f«der rice, arum bewunden. Eala, min dryhten, p«r ic pe moste mid me l«dan, p«t wyt englas ealle gesawon, heofona wuldor, swylc swa u me «r her scrife!

Fastest u on foldan ond gefyldest me godes lichoman, gastes drynces.

W«re u on w«dle, sealdest me wilna geniht.

Foran u ne pearft sceamian, ponne sceadene beop pa synfullan ond pa sof«stan on pam m«ran d«ge, p«s u me geafe, ne e hreowan pearf her on life ealles swa mycles swa u me sealdest on gemotstede manna ond engla.

Bygdest u pe for h«leum ond ahofe me on ecne dream.

Forpan me a langap, leofost manna, on minum hige hearde, p«s pe ic pe on pyssum hynum wat wyrmum to wiste, ac p«t wolde god, p«t pu «fre pus lalic legerbed cure. Wolde ic pe onne secgan p«t u ne sorgode, foran wyt bio geg«derode «t godes dome. Moton wyt ponne «tsomne sypan brucan ond unc on heofonum heahpungene beon.

Ne purfon wyt beon cearie «t cyme dryhtnes, ne p«re andsware yfele habban sorge in hrere, ac wyt sylfe magon «t am dome p«r d«dum agilpan, hwylce earnunga uncre w«ron.

Wat ic p«t pu w«re on woruldrice gepungen prymlice pysses"

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