The Seasons for Fasting

Verse Indeterminate Saxon

W«s on ealddagum Israheala folc purh Moysen, m«rne lareow, anlyht and gelared, swa hine lifes frea, heofna heahcyning, her on life

purh his sylfes word sette for leodum, rincum to r«de, and him runa gescead sylfum as«de, hu he pone sopan weg leofum leodscipe l«ran sceolde. pa se leoda fruma larum fyligde

heofena heahcyninges, and pa h«lep samod, swa hie on leodscipe l«rede w«ron; gyf hie wancule weorc ongunnon, heom p«s of heofonum hearm to leane asende sigora god, and hie sona to him

frypa wilnodan and p«r fundon rape, gif hie leohtras heora letan gewyrpan.

Feala is m«gena pe sio m«re peod on pam herescype heold and worhte, pendan hie lifes frean lufian woldon;

ac him se ende wear earm and prealic, pa hie besyredon sylfne dryhten, on beam setton and to byrgenne gedemdon; he p«r bedigled w«s, and py pryddan d«ge peodum «tywed.

We p«t gehyrdon h«lepa m«nige on bocstafum breman and writan, p«t hie festenu feower heoldon and ponne offredan unm«ne neat, p«t is lamb oppe styrc, leofum to tacne

pe for worulde w«s womma bed«led. Ac arisan ongan rices ealdor of byrgenne, bl«da gefylled, and mid heofenwarum ham gesohte, eard mid englum, and us eallum pone

hyht and gehate, gyf we his willap purh rihtne sefan r«dum fyligan. Na p«r in cume atele gefylled, womme gewesed, ac scal on wyrd sceacan. Nu we herian sceolan her for life

deorne d«dfruman, and him geara gerim «lmesd«dum ure gefyllan, and on festenum, swa se froda iu Moyses m«lde, and we pa mearce sceolan heoldan higefeste mid Anglum,

swa hie gebrefde us beorn on Rome, Gregorius, gumena papa. We p«t forme sceolan festen heowan on p«re «restan wucan lengtenes, on pam monpe pe man Martius

geond Romwara rice nemne, and p«r twelfe sceolan torhtum dihte runa ger«dan in p«s rican hofe,

heofona heahcyninges, herian mid sange, wlancne weorpian wuldres bryttan.

Ofer pa Eastertid oper festen ys to bremenne Brytena leodum mid gelicum lofe, pe gelesen hafa on ^«re wucan pe «fter cume pam sunnand«ge pe geond sidne wang

Pentecostenes d«g preostas nemna, on pam monpe, p«s pe me pince, pe man Iunius gearum nemde. onne is p«t prydde pinga gehwelces festen on foldan fyra bearnum dihte gelicum on pam deoran hofe to brymenne beorhtum sange on p«re wucan pe «rur by emnihtes d«ge «lda beornum, on pam monpe, mine gefr«ge, pe man September genemne.

We p«t feorpe sceolen festen gefestan on ^«re wucan pe bi «rur full dryhtnes gebyrde, and we mid deornum scylan wordum and weorcum wuldres cyninge in pa ylcan tid eallum gemynde peodne deman pinga gehwylces, efne swa swa «rran, and pone arwesan leofne leoda frean lifes biddan. On pissum f«stenum is se feorpa d«g and sixta samod seofo^a getinge to gel«stanne lifes ealdre and to bremenne boca gerynum emb pa nigopan tyd; nan is on eorpan, butan hine unh«l an gepreatige, pe mot, h«t, oppe w«t «rur pingan, p«s pe us boca dom peodlic deme. Gif pe ponne secgan supan cymene bryttan Franca, p«t pu gebann sceole

her on eorpan «nig healdan, p«s pe Moyses iu m«lde to leodum, na pu p«s andfeng «fre gewyrpe, ac pu p«t sylfe heald p«t pe supan com from Romana rices hyrde, Gregori«, gumena papa.

pus he gesette sylf ond dyhte pa penunga, peodlareow, f«stendtida; we pam forp nu gyt geond Engla land estum filia. Swa he «t p«m setle sylfa gedemde, sancte Petres preostas syppan lange lifes tyd leordun p«t sylfe, p«t pu oprum ne scealt «fre filian. Eac we feowertig daga f«sten healden «r p«m «riste ures dryhtnes, p«t nu lengtentid leoda nemna, and hit «rest ongan eorl se goda, m«re Moyses, «r he on munt styge; he p«t f«sten heold feowertig daga and nyhta samod, swa he nahtes anbat

«r he pa deoran « dryhtnes anfenge. Him p«r gesealde sylfe dryhten bremne boca cr«ft, b«le behl«ned, of his haligan handa gescrifene, het hine leodum pone leoran and t«can elda orpancum eallum to tacne, p«t we mid f«stene magon freode gewinnan and pa deopan dryhtnes gerynu, pa pe leoran sceolan leoda gehwylce, gif us p«re dugupe hw«t dryhten sylle.

Eft Helias, eorl se m«ra, him on westene wiste gepigede, p«r him symbelbread somod mid w«tere dryhtnes engla sum dihte togeanes, and se gestrangud wear stypum gyfle

to gefœstenne feowertig daga and nihta samod, swa he nahtes anbat œr he on Horeb dun hali ferde. Uton pœt gerine rihte gehicgan, pœt se mœra pegen mihta ne hœfde

to astigenne stœppon on ypplen

œr him pœt symbel wearp seald fram engle.

We sint on westene wuldres blisse on pœm œnete ealra gefeana;

nu is helpes tid, halig dryhten,

hu we munt pinne mœrne gestygan. Sint for englas geteald eorpbugendum pa pe dryhtnes word dœdum lœra. We pa andlifene ofstum pycgen and pone deoran wist, dryhtnes lare;

uton fœstan swa fyrene dœdum on forhœfenesse her for life, pœt we pœs muntes mœgen mœrpa gestigan swa se ealda dyde Elias iu.

Is to hicganne hu se halga gewat

of pissum wangstede wuldres neosian; hine fyren scryd feower mœrum wlangum wicgum on weg ferede on neorxnawong, pœr us nergend Crist gehaten hafa ham mid blisse,

gif we pœt fœsten her fyrena gelœsta and pone uplican œpel seca. Nu wœs œt nehstan pœt us nergend Crist, halig heofenes weord, heolp and lœrde. He hine dyppan let deorum pweale,

fulwihtes bœe, fyrena bedœled, and he feowertig daga firsude mettas, eac nihta swa feala nanuht gyltig, leodum to lare, pœt hie on lengten sceolan efen feowertig daga fœsten hewan.

Hine costude p«r Cristes gewinna on p«m «nete eald and fr«te, geseah m«rne frean mannum gelicne and pa wenan ongann, wommes gemyndig, p«t he str«la his stellan mihte

on pam lichoman; n«s p«s leahtra nan, ac on hinder gewat hearmes brytta, and p«r englas hyra ealdor sohtan. Higesynnig man, gyf pe susla weard costian durre, ponne he Crist dyde,

wereda wulderfrean, womma leasne, ne m«g he p«s inne ahw«t scotian gif he myrcels n«fp manes «t egum, ac he on hinder scrip, and pe halig englas «rf«ste «ghw«r helpa,

gif pu dryhtnes her d«dum fylgest. H«bbe we nu gemearcod hu pa m«ran iu feowertig daga festen hewdon, and we bebeoda purh beorn godes p«t manna gehwilc pe for moldan wuna

«r pam «reste ures dryhtnes efen feowertig daga festen hewe op pa nigopan tid, and he na bruce fl«sces oppe fyrna, p« l«s pe he fah wese. Sceolan sacerdas singan m«ssan,

d«ghwamlice dryhten biddan on pam f«stenne p«t he freond wese folce gynd foldan, and pa fyrna sceolan pam sacerdan secgan gehwilce and pa dymnissa d«dum betan

wordes and weorces, wuldres ealdor purh «lmesd«de eall gegladian. ponne is pearf micel peoda m«nium p«t pa sacerdos sylfe ne gyltan, ne on leahtrum hiora ligegen to feste.

Hwa m«g pyngian preale hwilcum

wip his arwesan, gyf he him «rur h«f bitere onbolgen, and p«s bote ne de, ac pa «byligpe ealdere wrohte, d«ghwamlice d«dum niwa?

Gyf se sacerd hine sylfne ne cunne purh dryhtnes ege dugepum healdan, nu pa, folces mann, fyrna ne gyme pe gehalgod mann her gefremme, ac pu lare scealt lustum fremman ryhthicgennde pe he to r«de t«ch, drince he him p«t drofe oe d«ghluttre w«ter of wege, p«t is wuldres lare. Ac ic secgan m«g, sorgum hremig, hu pa sacerdas sace niwia, d«ghwamlice dryhten gremia and mid «feste «lcne forl«da pe him fylian wyle folces manna; sona hie on mergan m«ssan synga and forpegide, purste geb«ded,

«fter t«ppere teop geond str«ta. Hw«t! Hi leaslice leogan ongynna and pone t«ppere tyhtap gelome, secgap p«t he synleas syllan mote ostran to «te and «pele wyn emb morgentyd, pe me pinge p«t hund and wulf healda pa ilcan wisan on worulde and ne wiglia hw«ne hie to mose fon, m«a bed«led. Hi ponne sittende sadian aginna, sinne sema, sylla gelome, cwea goddlife gumena gehwilcum p«t wines dreng welhwa mote, sippan he m«ssan hafa, mepig picgan, etan ostran eac and operne fisc of flode

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