aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

Bede's Death Song

The last composition of the Venerable Bede, as recorded by St. Cuthbert.

Fore ðæm nedfere nænig wiorðe
ðonc snottora ðon him ðearf siæ
to ymbhycgenne ær his hinionge
hwæt his gastæ godes oððe yfles
æfter deað dæge doemed wiorðe.

My translation.

Before that need-faring none can be
wiser than to him it occurs
to consider before his leaving
what of good or evil to his spirit
after his death day shall be deemed.

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