The Northern Way

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry


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Gefrægn ic Hebreos eadge lifgean
in Hierusalem, goldhord dælan,
cyningdom habban, swa him gecynde wæs,
siððan þurh metodes mægen on Moyses hand
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wearð wig gifen, wigena mænieo,
and hie of Egyptum ut aforon,
mægene micle. þæt wæs modig cyn!
þenden hie þy rice rædan moston,
burgum wealdan, wæs him beorht wela.
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þenden þæt folc mid him hiera fæder wære
healdan woldon, wæs him hyrde god,
heofonrices weard, halig drihten,
wuldres waldend. Se ðam werude geaf
mod and mihte, metod alwihta,
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þæt hie oft fela folca feore gesceodon,
heriges helmum, þara þe him hold ne wæs,
oðþæt hie wlenco anwod æt winþege
deofoldædum, druncne geðohtas.
þa hie æcræftas ane forleton,
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metodes mægenscipe, swa no man scyle
his gastes lufan wið gode dælan.
þa geseah ic þa gedriht in gedwolan hweorfan,
Israhela cyn unriht don,
wommas wyrcean. þæt wæs weorc gode!
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Oft he þam leodum to lare sende,
heofonrices weard, halige gastas,
þa þam werude wisdom budon.
Hie þære snytro soð gelyfdon
lytle hwile, oðþæt hie langung beswac
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eorðan dreamas eces rædes,
þæt hie æt siðestan sylfe forleton
drihtnes domas, curon deofles cræft.
þa wearð reðemod rices ðeoden,
unhold þeodum þam þe æhte geaf.
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Wisde him æt frymðe, ða ðe on fruman ær ðon
wæron mancynnes metode dyrust,
dugoða dyrust, drihtne leofost;
herepað tæhte to þære hean byrig,
eorlum elðeodigum, on eðelland
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þær Salem stod searwum afæstnod,
weallum geweorðod. To þæs witgan foron,
Caldea cyn, to ceastre forð,
þær Israela æhta wæron,
bewrigene mid weorcum; to þam þæt werod gefor,
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mægenþreat mære, manbealwes georn.
Awehte þone wælnið wera aldorfrea,
Babilones brego, on his burhstede,
Nabochodonossor, þurh niðhete,
þæt he secan ongan sefan gehygdum
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hu he Israelum eaðost meahte
þurh gromra gang guman oðþringan.
Gesamnode þa suðan and norðan
wælhreow werod, and west foran
herige hæðencyninga to þære hean byrig.
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Israela eðelweardas
hæfdon lufan, lifwelan, þenden hie let metod.
þa ic eðan gefrægn ealdfeonda cyn
winburh wera. þa wigan ne gelyfdon,
bereafodon þa receda wuldor readan golde,
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since and seolfre, Salomones templ.
Gestrudan gestreona under stanhliðum,
swilc eall swa þa eorlas agan sceoldon,
oðþæt hie burga gehwone abrocen hæfdon,
þara þe þam folce to friðe stodon.
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Gehlodon him to huðe hordwearda gestreon,
feoh and frætwa, swilc þær funden wæs,
and þa mid þam æhtum eft siðedon,
and gelæddon eac on langne sið
Israela cyn, on eastwegas
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to Babilonia, beorna unrim,
under hand hæleð hæðenum deman.
Nabochodonossor him on nyd dyde
Israela bearn ofer ealle lufen,
wæpna lafe to weorcþeowum.
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Onsende þa sinra þegna
worn þæs werudes west toferan,
þæt him þara leoda land geheolde,
eðne eðel, æfter Ebreum.
Het þa secan sine gerefan
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geond Israela earme lafe,
hwilc þære geogoðe gleawost wære
boca bebodes, þe þær brungen wæs.
Wolde þæt þa cnihtas cræft leornedon,
þæt him snytro on sefan secgan mihte,
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nales ðy þe he þæt moste oððe gemunan wolde
þæt he þara gifena gode þancode
þe him þær to duguðe drihten scyrede.
þa hie þær fundon þry freagleawe
æðele cnihtas and æfæste,
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ginge and gode in godsæde;
an wæs Annanias, oðer Azarias,
þridda Misael, metode gecorene.
þa þry comon to þeodne foran,
hearde and higeþancle, þær se hæðena sæt,
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cyning corðres georn, in Caldea byrig.
þa hie þam wlancan wisdom sceoldon,
weras Ebrea, wordum cyðan,
higecræft heane, þurh halig mod,
þa se beorn bebead, Babilone weard,
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swiðmod cyning, sinum þegnum,
þæt þa frumgaras be feore dæde,
þæt þam gengum þrym gad ne wære
wiste ne wæde in woruldlife.
þa wæs breme Babilone weard,
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mære and modig ofer middangeard,
egesful ylda bearnum. No he æ fremede,
ac in oferhygde æghwæs lifde.
þa þam folctogan on frumslæpe,
siððan to reste gehwearf rice þeoden,
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com on sefan hwurfan swefnes woma,
hu woruld wære wundrum geteod,
ungelic yldum oð edsceafte.
Wearð him on slæpe soð gecyðed,
þætte rices gehwæs reðe sceolde gelimpan,
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eorðan dreamas, ende wurðan.
þa onwoc wulfheort, se ær wingal swæf,
Babilone weard. Næs him bliðe hige,
ac him sorh astah, swefnes woma.
No he gemunde þæt him meted wæs.
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Het þa tosomne sinra leoda
þa wiccungdom widost bæron,
frægn þa ða mænigeo hwæt hine gemætte,
þenden reordberend reste wunode.
Wearð he on þam egesan acol worden,
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þa he ne wisse word ne angin
swefnes sines; het him secgan þeah.
þa him unbliðe andswaredon
deofolwitgan (næs him dom gearu
to asecganne swefen cyninge):
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"Hu magon we swa dygle, drihten, ahicgan
on sefan þinne, hu ðe swefnede,
oððe wyrda gesceaft wisdom bude,
gif þu his ærest ne meaht or areccan?"
þa him unbliðe andswarode
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wulfheort cyning, witgum sinum:
"Næron ge swa eacne ofer ealle men
modgeþances swa ge me sægdon,
and þæt gecwædon, þæt ge cuðon
mine aldorlege, swa me æfter wearð,
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oððe ic furðor findan sceolde.
Nu ge mætinge mine ne cunnon,
þa þe me for werode wisdom berað.
Ge sweltað deaðe, nymþe ic dom wite
soðan swefnes, þæs min sefa myndgað."
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Ne meahte þa seo mænigeo on þam meðelstede
þurh witigdom wihte aþencean
ne ahicgan, þa hit forhæfed gewearð
þætte hie sædon swefn cyninge,
wyrda gerynu, oðþæt witga cwom,
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Daniel to dome, se wæs drihtne gecoren,
snotor and soðfæst, in þæt seld gangan.
Se wæs ordfruma earmre lafe
þære þe þam hæðenan hyran sceolde.
Him god sealde gife of heofnum
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þurh hleoðorcwyde haliges gastes,
þæt him engel godes eall asægde
swa his mandrihten gemæted wearð.
ða eode Daniel, þa dæg lyhte,
swefen reccan sinum frean,
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sægde him wislice wereda gesceafte,
þætte sona ongeat swiðmod cyning
ord and ende þæs þe him ywed wæs.
ða hæfde Daniel dom micelne,
blæd in Babilonia mid bocerum,
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siððan he gesæde swefen cyninge,
þæt he ær for fyrenum onfon ne meahte,
Babilonie weard, in his breostlocan.
No hwæðere þæt Daniel gedon mihte
þæt he wolde metodes mihte gelyfan,
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ac he wyrcan ongan weoh on felda
þam þe deormode Diran heton,
se wæs on ðære ðeode ðe swa hatte,
bresne Babilonige. þære burge weard
anne manlican ofer metodes est,
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gyld of golde, gumum arærde,
for þam þe gleaw ne wæs, gumrices weard,
reðe and rædleas, riht ......
þa wearð hæleða hlyst þa hleoðor cwom
byman stefne ofer burhware.
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þa hie for þam cumble on cneowum sæton,
onhnigon to þam herige hæðne þeode,
wurðedon wihgyld, ne wiston wræstran ræd,
efndon unrihtdom, swa hyra aldor dyde,
mane gemenged, mode gefrecnod.
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Fremde folcmægen, swa hyra frea ærest,
unræd efnde, (him þæs æfter becwom
yfel endelean), unriht dyde.
þær þry wæron on þæs þeodnes byrig,
eorlas Israela, þæt hie a noldon
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hyra þeodnes dom þafigan onginnan,
þæt hie to þam beacne gebedu rærde,
ðeah ðe ðær on herige byman sungon.
ða wæron æðelum god Abrahames bearn,
wæron wærfæste, wiston drihten
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ecne uppe, ælmihtigne.
Cnihtas cynegode cuð gedydon,
þæt hie him þæt gold to gode noldon
habban ne healdan, ac þone hean cyning,
gasta hyrde, ðe him gife sealde.
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Oft hie to bote balde gecwædon
þæt hie þæs wiges wihte ne rohton,
ne hie to þam gebede mihte gebædon
hæðen heriges wisa, þæt hie þider hweorfan wolden,
guman to þam gyldnan gylde, þe he him to gode geteode.
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þegnas þeodne sægdon þæt hie þære geþeahte wæron,
hæftas hearan, in þisse hean byrig,
þa þis hegan ne willað, ne þysne wig wurðigean,
þe ðu þe to wuldre wundrum teodest.
ða him bolgenmod Babilone weard
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yrre andswarode, eorlum onmælde
grimme þam gingum, and geocre oncwæð,
þæt hie gegnunga gyldan sceolde
oððe þrowigean þreanied micel,
frecne fyres wylm, nymðe hie friðes wolde
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wilnian to þam wyrrestan, weras Ebrea,
guman to þam golde, þe he him to gode teode.
Noldon þeah þa hyssas hyran larum
in hige hæðnum. Hogedon georne
þæt æ godes ealle gelæste,
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and ne awacodon wereda drihtne,
ne þan mæ gehwurfe in hæðendom,
ne hie to facne freoðo wilnedan,
þeah þe him se bitera deað geboden wære.
þa wearð yrre anmod cyning, het he ofn onhætan
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to cwale cnihta feorum forðam þe hie his cræftas onsocon.
þa he wæs gegleded, swa he grimmost mihte,
frecne fyres lige, þa he þyder folc samnode,
and gebindan het, Babilone weard,
grim and gealhmod, godes spelbodan.
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Het þa his scealcas scufan þa hyssas
in bælblyse, beornas geonge.
Gearo wæs se him geoce gefremede; þeah þe hie swa grome nydde
in fæðm fyres lige, hwæðere heora feorh generede
mihtig metodes weard. Swa þæt mænige gefrunon,
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halige him þær help geteode, sende him of hean rodore
god, gumena weard, gast þone halgan.
Engel in þone ofn innan becwom þær hie þæt aglac drugon,
freobearn fæðmum beþeahte under þam fyrenan hrofe.
Ne mihte þeah heora wlite gewemman owiht
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wylm þæs wæfran liges, þa hie se waldend nerede.
Hreohmod wæs se hæðena þeoden, het hie hraðe bærnan.
æled wæs ungescead micel. þa wæs se ofen onhæted,
isen eall ðurhgleded. Hine ðær esnas mænige
wurpon wudu on innan, swa him wæs on wordum gedemed;
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bæron brandas on bryne blacan fyres,
(wolde wulfheort cyning wall onsteallan,
iserne ymb æfæste), oðþæt up gewat
lig ofer leofum and þurh lust gesloh
micle mare þonne gemet wære.
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ða se lig gewand on laðe men,
hæðne of halgum. Hyssas wæron
bliðemode, burnon scealcas
ymb ofn utan, alet gehwearf
teonfullum on teso. ðær to geseah
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Babilone brego. Bliðe wæron
eorlas Ebrea, ofestum heredon
drihten on dreame, dydon swa hie cuðon
ofne on innan, aldre generede.
Guman glædmode god wurðedon,
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under þæs fæðme þe geflymed wearð
frecne fyres hæto. Freobearn wurdon
alæten liges gange, ne hie him þær lað gedydon.
Næs him se sweg to sorge ðon ma þe sunnan scima,
ne se bryne beot mæcgum þe in þam beote wæron,
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ac þæt fyr fyr scyde to ðam þe ða scylde worhton,
hwearf on þa hæðenan hæftas fram þam halgan cnihton,
werigra wlite minsode, þa ðe ðy worce gefægon.
Geseah ða swiðmod cyning, ða he his sefan ontreowde,
wundor on wite agangen; him þæt wræclic þuhte.
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Hyssas hale hwurfon in þam hatan ofne,
ealle æfæste ðry; him eac þær wæs
an on gesyhðe, engel ælmihtiges.
Him þær on ofne owiht ne derede,
ac wæs þær inne ealles gelicost
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efne þonne on sumera sunne scineð,
and deaw dryge on dæge weorðeð,
winde geondsawen. þæt wæs wuldres god
þe hie generede wið þam niðhete.
ða Azarias ingeþancum
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hleoðrade halig þurh hatne lig,
dreag dæda georn, drihten herede,
wer womma leas, and þa word acwæð:
"Metod alwihta, hwæt! þu eart mihtum swið
niðas to nergenne. Is þin nama mære,
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wlitig and wuldorfæst ofer werðeode.
Siendon þine domas in daga gehwam
soðe and geswiðde and gesigefæste,
swa þu eac sylfa eart.
Syndon þine willan on woruldspedum
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rihte and gerume, rodora waldend.
Geoca user georne nu, gasta scyppend,
and þurh hyldo help, halig drihten,
nu we þec for þreaum and for ðeonydum
and for eaðmedum arna biddað,
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lige belegde. We ðæs lifgende
worhton on worulde, eac ðon wom dyde
user yldran; for oferhygdum
bræcon bebodo burhsittende,
had oferhogedon halgan lifes.
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Siendon we towrecene geond widne grund,
heapum tohworfene, hyldelease;
is user lif geond landa fela
fracoð and gefræge folca manegum,
þa usic bewræcon to þæs wyrrestan
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eorðcyninga æhta gewealde,
on hæft heorugrimra, and we nu hæðenra
þeowned þoliað. þæs þe þanc sie,
wereda wuldorcyning, þæt þu us þas wrace teodest.
Ne forlet þu usic ane, ece drihten,
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for ðam miltsum ðe ðec men hligað,
and for ðam treowum þe þu, tirum fæst,
niða nergend, genumen hæfdest
to Abrahame and to Isaace
and to Iacobe, gasta scyppend.
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þu him þæt gehete þurh hleoðorcwyde,
þæt þu hyra frumcyn in fyrndagum
ican wolde, þætte æfter him
on cneorissum cenned wurde,
and seo mænigeo mære wære,
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had to hebbanne swa heofonsteorran
bebugað bradne hwyrft, oððe brimfaroþes,
sæfaroða sand, geond sealtne wæg
in eare gryndeð, þæt his unrim a
in wintra worn wurðan sceolde.
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Fyl nu frumspræce, ðeah heora fea lifigen!
Wlitiga þinne wordcwyde and þin wuldor on us!
Gecyð cræft and miht þæt þa Caldeas
and folca fela gefrigen habbað,
ða þe under heofenum hæðene lifigeað,
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and þæt þu ana eart ece drihten,
weroda waldend, woruldgesceafta,
sigora settend, soðfæst metod!"
Swa se halga wer hergende wæs
metodes miltse and his mihta sped
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rehte þurh reorde. ða of roderum wæs
engel ælbeorht ufan onsended,
wlitescyne wer on his wuldorhaman,
se him cwom to frofre and to feorhnere
mid lufan and mid lisse. Se ðone lig tosceaf,
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halig and heofonbeorht, hatan fyres,
tosweop hine and toswende þurh þa swiðan miht,
ligges leoman, þæt hyra lice ne wæs
owiht geegled, ac he on andan sloh
fyr on feondas for fyrendædum.
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þa wæs on þam ofne, þær se engel becwom,
windig and wynsum, wedere gelicost
þonne hit on sumeres tid sended weorðeð
dropena drearung on dæges hwile,
wearmlic wolcna scur. Swylc bið wedera cyst,
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swylc wæs on þam fyre frean mihtum
halgum to helpe. Wearð se hata lig
todrifen and todwæsced þær þa dædhwatan
geond þone ofen eodon, and se engel mid,
feorh nerigende, se ðær feorða wæs,
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Annanias and Azarias
and Misael. þær þa modhwatan
þry on geðancum ðeoden heredon,
bædon bletsian bearn Israela
eall landgesceaft ecne drihten,
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ðeoda waldend. Swa hie þry cwædon,
modum horsce, þurh gemæne word:
"ðe gebletsige, bylywit fæder,
woruldcræfta wlite and weorca gehwilc!
Heofonas and englas, and hluttor wæter,
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þa ðe ofer roderum on rihtne gesceaft
wuniað in wuldre, ða þec wurðiað!
And þec, ælmihtig, ealle gesceafte,
rodorbeorhtan tunglu, þa þe ryne healdað,
sunna and mona, sundor anra gehwilc
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herige in hade! And heofonsteorran,
deaw and deor scur, ða ðec domige!
And þec, mihtig god, gastas lofige!
Byrnende fyr and beorht sumor
nergend hergað! Niht somod and dæg,
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and þec landa gehwilc, leoht and þeostro,
herige on hade, somod hat and ceald!
And þec, frea mihtig, forstas and snawas,
winterbiter weder and wolcenfaru,
lofige on lyfte! And þec ligetu,
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blace, berhtmhwate, þa þec bletsige!
Eall eorðan grund, ece drihten,
hyllas and hrusan and hea beorgas,
sealte sæwægas, soðfæst metod,
eastream yða and upcyme,
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wætersprync wylla, ða ðec wurðiað!
Hwalas ðec herigað, and hefonfugolas,
lyftlacende, þa ðe lagostreamas,
wæterscipe wecgað! And wildu deor
and neata gehwilc naman bletsie!
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And manna bearn modum lufiað,
and þec Israela, æhta scyppend,
herigað in hade, herran sinne!
And þec haligra heortan cræftas,
soðfæstra gehwæs sawle and gastas,
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lofiað liffrean, lean sellende
eallum eadmodum, ece drihten!
Annanias ðec and Adzarias
and Misael metod domige
breostgeðancum! We þec bletsiað,
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frea folca gehwæs, fæder ælmihtig,
soð sunu metodes, sawla nergend,
hæleða helpend, and þec, halig gast,
wurðiað in wuldre, witig drihten!
We ðec herigað, halig drihten,
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and gebedum bremað! þu gebletsad eart,
gewurðad wideferhð ofer worulde hrof,
heahcyning heofones, halgum mihtum,
lifes leohtfruma, ofer landa gehwilc!"
ða þæt ehtode ealdor þeode,
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Nabochodonossor, wið þam nehstum
folcgesiðum: "þæt eower fela geseah,
þeode mine, þæt we þry sendon,
geboden to bæle in byrnende
fyres leoman. Nu ic þær feower men
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geseo to soðe, nales me sefa leogeð."
ða cwæð se ðe wæs cyninges ræswa,
wis and wordgleaw: "þæt is wundra sum
þæt we ðær eagum on lociað.
Geðenc, ðeoden min, þine gerysna!
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Ongyt georne hwa þa gyfe sealde
gingum gædelingum! Hie god herigað,
anne ecne, and ealles him
be naman gehwam on neod sprecað,
þanciað þrymmes þristum wordum,
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cweðað he sie ana ælmihtig god,
witig wuldorcyning, worlde and heofona.
Aban þu þa beornas, brego Caldea,
ut of ofne. Nis hit owihtes god
þæt hie sien on þam laðe leng þonne þu þurfe."
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Het þa se cyning to him cnihtas gangan.
Hyssas hearde hyrdon lare,
cyrdon cynegode swa hie gecyðde wæron,
hwurfon hæleð geonge to þam hæðenan foran.
Wæron þa bende forburnene þe him on banum lagon,
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laðsearo leoda cyninges, and hyra lice geborgen.
Næs hyra wlite gewemmed, ne nænig wroht on hrægle,
ne feax fyre beswæled, ac hie on friðe drihtnes
of ðam grimman gryre glade treddedon,
gleawmode guman, on gastes hyld.
440
ða gewat se engel up secan him ece dreamas
on heanne hrof heofona rices,
heh þegn and hold halgum metode.
Hæfde on þam wundre gewurðod ðe þa gewyrhto ahton.
Hyssas heredon drihten for þam hæðenan folce,
445
septon hie soðcwidum and him sædon fela
soðra tacna, oðþæt he sylfa gelyfde
þæt se wære mihta waldend se ðe hie of ðam mirce generede.
Gebead þa se bræsna Babilone weard
swiðmod sinum leodum, þæt se wære his aldre scyldig,
450
se ðæs onsoce þætte soð wære
mære mihta waldend, se hie of þam morðre alysde.
Agæf him þa his leoda lafe þe þær gelædde wæron
on æht ealdfeondum, þæt hie are hæfdon.
Wæs heora blæd in Babilone, siððan hie þone bryne fandedon,
455
dom wearð æfter duguðe gecyðed, siððan hie drihtne gehyrdon.
Wæron hyra rædas rice, siððan hie rodera waldend,
halig heofonrices weard, wið þone hearm gescylde.
þa ic secan gefrægn soðum wordum,
siððan he wundor onget,
460
Babilone weard, þurh fyres bryne,
hu þa hyssas þry hatan ofnes,
færgryre fyres, oferfaren hæfdon.
Wylm þurhwodon, swa him wiht ne sceod
grim gleda nið, godes spelbodan,
465
frecnan fyres, ac him frið drihtnes
wið þæs egesan gryre aldor gescylde.
ða se ðeoden ongan geðinges wyrcan;
het þa tosomne sine leode,
and þa on þam meðle ofer menigo bebead
470
wyrd gewordene and wundor godes,
þætte on þam cnihtum gecyðed wæs:
"Onhicgað nu halige mihte,
wise wundor godes! We gesawon
þæt he wið cwealme gebearh cnihtum on ofne,
475
lacende lig, þam þe his lof bæron;
forþam he is ana ece drihten,
dema ælmihtig, se ðe him dom forgeaf,
spowende sped, þam þe his spel berað.
Forðon witigað þurh wundor monig
480
halgum gastum þe his hyld curon.
Cuð is þæt me Daniel dyglan swefnes
soð gesæde, þæt ær swiðe oðstod
manegum on mode minra leoda,
forþam ælmihtig eacenne gast
485
in sefan sende, snyttro cræftas."
Swa wordum spræc werodes ræswa,
Babilone weard, siððan he beacen onget,
swutol tacen godes. No þy sel dyde,
ac þam æðelinge oferhygd gesceod,
490
wearð him hyrra hyge and on heortan geðanc
mara on modsefan þonne gemet wære,
oðþæt hine mid nyde nyðor asette
metod ælmihtig, swa he manegum deð
þara þe þurh oferhyd up astigeð.
495
þa him wearð on slæpe swefen ætywed,
Nabochodonossor; him þæt neh gewearð.
þuhte him þæt on foldan fægre stode
wudubeam wlitig, se wæs wyrtum fæst,
beorht on blædum. Næs he bearwe gelic,
500
ac he hlifode to heofontunglum,
swilce he oferfæðmde foldan sceatas,
ealne middangeard, oð merestreamas,
twigum and telgum. ðær he to geseah,
þuhte him þæt se wudubeam wilddeor scylde,
505
ane æte eallum heolde,
swylce fuglas eac heora feorhnere
on þæs beames bledum name.
ðuhte him þæt engel ufan of roderum
stigan cwome and stefne abead,
510
torhtan reorde. Het þæt treow ceorfan
and þa wildan deor on weg fleon,
swylce eac þa fugolas, þonne his fyll come.
Het þonne besnædan seolfes blædum,
twigum and telgum, and þeh tacen wesan,
515
wunian wyrtruman þæs wudubeames
eorðan fæstne, oðþæt eft cyme
grene bleda, þonne god sylle.
Het eac gebindan beam þone miclan
ærenum clammum and isernum,
520
and gesæledne in susl don,
þæt his mod wite þæt migtigra
wite wealdeð þonne he him wið mæge.
þa of slæpe onwoc, (swefn wæs æt ende),
eorðlic æðeling, him þæs egesa stod,
525
gryre fram ðam gaste ðe þyder god sende.
Het þa tosomne sine leode,
folctogan feran, frægn ofer ealle
swiðmod cyning hwæt þæt swefen bude,
nalles þy he wende þæt hie hit wiston,
530
ac he cunnode hu hie cweðan woldon.
ða wæs to ðam dome Daniel haten,
godes spelboda. Him wæs gæst geseald,
halig of heofonum, se his hyge trymede.
On þam drihtenweard deopne wisse
535
sefan sidne geþanc and snytro cræft,
wisne wordcwide. Oft he wundor manig,
metodes mihta, for men ætbær.
þa he secgan ongan swefnes woman,
heahheort and hæðen heriges wisa,
540
ealne þone egesan þe him eowed wæs.
Bæd hine areccan hwæt seo run bude,
hofe haligu word and in hige funde
to gesecganne soðum wordum
hwæt se beam bude þe he blican geseah,
545
and him witgode wyrda geþingu.
He ða swigode, hwæðere soð ongeat,
Daniel æt þam dome, þæt his drihten wæs,
gumena aldor, wið god scyldig.
Wandode se wisa, hwæðre he worde cwæð,
550
æcræftig ar, to þam æðelinge:
"þæt is, weredes weard, wundor unlytel,
þæt þu gesawe þurh swefen cuman,
heofonheane beam and þa halgan word,
yrre and egeslicu, þa se engel cwæð,
555
þæt þæt treow sceolde, telgum besnæded,
foran afeallan, þæt ær fæste stod,
and þonne mid deorum dreamleas beon,
westen wunian, and his wyrtruman
foldan befolen, fyrstmearc wesan
560
stille on staðole, swa seo stefn gecwæð,
ymb seofon tida sæde eft onfon.
Swa þin blæd lið. Swa se beam geweox,
heah to heofonum, swa þu hæleðum eart
ana eallum eorðbuendum
565
weard and wisa. Nis þe wiðerbreca,
man on moldan, nymðe metod ana.
Se ðec aceorfeð of cyningdome,
and ðec wineleasne on wræc sendeð,
and þonne onhweorfeð heortan þine,
570
þæt þu ne gemyndgast æfter mandreame,
ne gewittes wast butan wildeora þeaw,
ac þu lifgende lange þrage
heorta hlypum geond holt wunast.
Ne bið þec mælmete nymþe mores græs,
575
ne rest witod, ac þec regna scur
weceð and wreceð swa wildu deor,
oðþæt þu ymb seofon winter soð gelyfest,
þæt sie an metod eallum mannum,
reccend and rice, se on roderum is.
580
Is me swa þeah willa þæt se wyrtruma
stille wæs on staðole, swa seo stefn gecwæð,
and ymbe seofan tide sæde onfenge.
Swa þin rice restende bið,
anwalh for eorlum, oðþæt þu eft cymst.
585
Gehyge þu, frea min, fæstlicne ræd.
Syle ælmyssan, wes earmra hleo,
þinga for ðeodne, ær ðam seo þrah cyme
þæt he þec aworpe of woruldrice.
Oft metod alæt monige ðeode
590
wyrcan bote, þonne hie woldon sylfe,
fyrene fæstan, ær him fær godes
þurh egesan gryre aldre gesceode."
No þæs fela Daniel to his drihtne gespræc
soðra worda þurh snytro cræft,
595
þæt þæs a se rica reccan wolde,
middangeardes weard, ac his mod astah,
heah fram heortan; he þæs hearde ongeald.
Ongan ða gyddigan þurh gylp micel
Caldea cyning þa he ceastergeweorc,
600
Babilone burh, on his blæde geseah,
Sennera feld sidne bewindan,
heah hlifigan; þæt se heretyma
werede geworhte þurh wundor micel,
wearð ða anhydig ofer ealle men,
605
swiðmod in sefan, for ðære sundorgife
þe him god sealde, gumena rice,
world to gewealde in wera life:
"ðu eart seo micle and min seo mære burh
þe ic geworhte to wurðmyndum,
610
rume rice. Ic reste on þe,
eard and eðel, agan wille."
ða for ðam gylpe gumena drihten
forfangen wearð and on fleam gewat,
ana on oferhyd ofer ealle men.
615
Swa wod wera on gewindagum
geocrostne sið in godes wite,
ðara þe eft lifigende leode begete,
Nabochodonossor, siððan him nið godes,
hreð of heofonum, hete gesceode.
620
Seofon winter samod susl þrowode,
wildeora westen, winburge cyning.
ða se earfoðmæcg up locode,
wilddeora gewita, þurh wolcna gang.
Gemunde þa on mode þæt metod wære,
625
heofona heahcyning, hæleða bearnum
ana ece gast. þa he eft onhwearf
wodan gewittes, þær þe he ær wide bær
herewosan hige, heortan getenge.
þa his gast ahwearf in godes gemynd,
630
mod to mannum, siððan he metod onget.
Gewat þa earmsceapen eft siðian,
nacod nydgenga, nið geðafian,
wundorlic wræcca and wæda leas,
mætra on modgeðanc, to mancynne,
635
ðonne gumena weard in gylpe wæs.
Stod middangeard æfter mandrihtne,
eard and eðel æfter þam æðelinge,
seofon winter samod, swa no swiðrode
rice under roderum oðþæt se ræswa com.
640
þa wæs eft geseted in aldordom
Babilone weard, hæfde beteran ðeaw,
leohtran geleafan in liffruman,
þætte god sealde gumena gehwilcum
welan swa wite, swa he wolde sylf.
645
Ne lengde þa leoda aldor
witegena wordcwyde, ac he wide bead
metodes mihte þær he meld ahte,
siðfæt sægde sinum leodum,
wide waðe þe he mid wilddeorum ateah,
650
oðþæt him frean godes in gast becwom
rædfæst sefa, ða he to roderum beseah.
Wyrd wæs geworden, wundor gecyðed,
swefn geseðed, susl awunnen,
dom gedemed, swa ær Daniel cwæð,
655
þæt se folctoga findan sceolde
earfoðsiðas for his ofermedlan.
Swa he ofstlice godspellode
metodes mihtum for mancynne,
siððan in Babilone burhsittendum
660
lange hwile lare sægde,
Daniel domas. Siððan deora gesið,
wildra wærgenga, of waðe cwom,
Nabochodonossor of niðwracum,
siððan weardode wide rice,
665
heold hæleða gestreon and þa hean burh,
frod, foremihtig folca ræswa,
Caldea cyning, oðþæt him cwelm gesceod,
swa him ofer eorðan andsaca ne wæs
gumena ænig oðþæt him god wolde
670
þurh hryre hreddan hea rice.
Siððan þær his aferan ead bryttedon,
welan, wunden gold, in þære widan byrig,
ealhstede eorla, unwaclice,
heah hordmægen, þa hyra hlaford læg.
675
ða in ðære ðeode awoc his þæt þridde cneow.
Wæs Baldazar burga aldor,
weold wera rices, oðþæt him wlenco gesceod,
oferhyd egle. ða wæs endedæg
ðæs ðe Caldeas cyningdom ahton.
680
ða metod onlah Medum and Persum
aldordomes ymb lytel fæc,
let Babilone blæd swiðrian,
þone þa hæleð healdan sceoldon.
Wiste he ealdormen in unrihtum,
685
ða ðe ðy rice rædan sceoldon.
ða þæt gehogode hamsittende,
Meda aldor, þæt ær man ne ongan,
þæt he Babilone abrecan wolde,
alhstede eorla, þær æðelingas
690
under wealla hleo welan brytnedon.
þæt wæs þara fæstna folcum cuðost,
mæst and mærost þara þe men bun,
Babilon burga, oðþæt Baldazar
þurh gylp grome godes frasade.
695
Sæton him æt wine wealle belocene,
ne onegdon na orlegra nið,
þeah ðe feonda folc feran cwome
herega gerædum to þære heahbyrig
þæt hie Babilone abrecan mihton.
700
Gesæt þa to symble siðestan dæge
Caldea cyning mid cneomagum,
þær medugal wearð mægenes wisa.
Het þam æðelum beran Israela gestreon,
huslfatu halegu, on hand werum,
705
þa ær Caldeas mid cyneðrymme,
cempan in ceastre, clæne genamon,
gold in Gerusalem, ða hie Iudea
blæd forbræcon billa ecgum,
and þurh hleoðorcyme, herige genamon
710
beorhte frætwe. ða hie tempel strudon,
Salomanes seld, swiðe gulpon.
ða wearð bliðemod burga aldor,
gealp gramlice gode on andan,
cwæð þæt his hergas hyrran wæron
715
and mihtigran mannum to friðe
þonne Israela ece drihten.
Him þæt tacen wearð þær he to starude,
egeslic for eorlum innan healle,
þæt he for leodum ligeword gecwæð,
720
þa þær in egesan engel drihtnes
let his hand cuman in þæt hea seld,
wrat þa in wage worda gerynu,
baswe bocstafas, burhsittendum.
ða wearð folctoga forht on mode,
725
acul for þam egesan. Geseah he engles hand
in sele writan Sennera wite.
þæt gyddedon gumena mænigeo,
hæleð in healle, hwæt seo hand write
to þam beacne burhsittendum.
730
Werede comon on þæt wundor seon.
Sohton þa swiðe in sefan gehydum,
hwæt seo hand write haliges gastes.
Ne mihton arædan runcræftige men
engles ærendbec, æðelinga cyn,
735
oðþæt Daniel com, drihtne gecoren,
snotor and soðfæst, in þæt seld gangan.
ðam wæs on gaste godes cræft micel,
to þam ic georne gefrægn gyfum ceapian
burhge weardas þæt he him bocstafas
740
arædde and arehte, hwæt seo run bude.
Him æcræftig andswarode,
godes spelboda, gleaw geðances:
"No ic wið feohsceattum ofer folc bere
drihtnes domas, ne ðe dugeðe can,
745
ac þe unceapunga orlæg secge,
worda gerynu, þa þu wendan ne miht.
þu for anmedlan in æht bere
huslfatu halegu, on hand werum.
On þam ge deoflu drincan ongunnon,
750
ða ær Israela in æ hæfdon
æt godes earce, oðþæt hie gylp beswac,
windruncen gewit, swa þe wurðan sceal.
No þæt þin aldor æfre wolde
godes goldfatu in gylp beran,
755
ne ðy hraðor hremde, ðeah ðe here brohte
Israela gestreon in his æhte geweald,
ac þæt oftor gecwæð aldor ðeoda
soðum wordum ofer sin mægen,
siððan him wuldres weard wundor gecyðde,
760
þæt he wære ana ealra gesceafta
drihten and waldend, se him dom forgeaf,
unscyndne blæd eorðan rices,
and þu lignest nu þæt sie lifgende,
se ofer deoflum dugeþum wealdeð."

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