BEDE'S DEATH SONG - The Venerable Bede Poems

 
 

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BEDE'S DEATH SONG

Fore there neidfaerae     naenig uuiurthit
thoncsnotturra     than him tharf sie
to ymbhycggannae     aer his hiniongae
huaet his gastae     godaes aeththa yflaes
aefter deothdaege     doemid uueorthae.

               [MODERN ENGLISH TRANSLATION

               Before the unavoidable journey     there, no one becomes
               wiser in thought     than him who, by need,
               ponders,     before his going hence,
               what good and evil     within his soul,
               after his day of death,     will be judged.]