Metrical Charm 11: A Journey Charm
Ic me on þisse gyrde beluce
and on godes helde bebeode
wið þane sara stice, wið þane sara slege,
wið þane grymma gryre,
wið ðane micela egsa þe bið eghwam lað,
5 and wið eal þæt lað
þe in to land fare.
Sygegealdor ic begale, sigegyrd ic me wege,
wordsige and worcsige. Se me dege;
ne me mere ne gemyrre, ne me maga ne geswence,
ne me næfre minum feore forht ne gewurþe,
10 ac gehæle me ælmihtig and sunu
and frofre gast,
ealles wuldres wyrðig dryhten,
swa swa ic gehyrde heofna scyppende.
Abrame and Isace
and swilce men, Moyses and Iacob,
15 and Dauit and Iosep
and Evan and Annan and Elizabet,
Saharie and ec Marie, modur Cristes,
and eac þæ gebroþru, Petrus and Paulus,
and eac þusend þinra engla
20 clipige ic me to are
wið eallum feondum.
Hi me ferion and friþion and mine fore nerion,
eal me gehealdon, me gewealdon,
worces stirende; si me wuldres hyht,
hand ofer heafod, haligra rof,
25 sigerofra sceolu,
Biddu ealle bliðu mode
þæt me beo Matheus helm, Marcus byrne,
leoht, lifes rof, Lucos min swurd,
scearp and scirecg, scyld Iohannes,
30 wuldre gewlitegod
Forð ic gefare, frind ic gemete,
eall engla blæd, eadiges lare.
Bidde ic nu sigeres god godes miltse,
siðfæt godne, smylte and lihte
35 windas on waroþum.
circinde wæter simble gehælede
wið eallum feondum. Freond ic gemete wið,
þæt ic on þæs ælmihtgian frið wunian mote,
belocun wið þam laþan, se me lyfes eht,
40 on engla blæd
and inna halre hand heofna rices,
þa hwile þe ic on þis life wunian mote.
I enclose myself in this circle and in God’s keeping entrust myself
against the sting of wounds against the blows of suffering
against the terror of grim-ones
against the great peril which is hostile to everything,
5 against all that evil which travels into the land.
A victory-spell I chant; a victory staff I carry for myself,
victory of words and works. These be of use to me;
May no lake obstruct me, no kindred harass me,
nor ever my spirit become cowardly,
10 but save me Almighty, and Son, and Holy Ghost,
worthy Lord, of all glory,
so long as I obey heaven’s creator.
Abraham and Isaac
and such men, Moses and Jacob
15 and David and Joseph
and Eve and Anna and Elizabeth,
and also the brothers, Peter and Paul,
and also thousands of Your angels
20 I call to favor me against all foes.
May they carry and protect me and guard my way,
all hold me, guide me,
steering all of my works; be to me hope of glory,
the hand over head, strong holier ones,
25 triumphal host, of truth-fast angels.
I pray to all in light spirit
that Matthew be my helm, Marcus my chain-shirt,
light, strong of life, Luke my sword,
sharp and shining-edged, John my shield,
30 and the Seraphim, my glorious spear of radiant good light.
May I go forth; May I meet friends,
all angels’ blessings, and the lore of the blessed-ones.
I now pray the God of Triumph, for God’s mercy,
a good journey, serene and light
35 winds from shores. I have heard of
winds churning water constantly defending
against all foes. May I meet with friends,
so that I may dwell in the peace of the Almighty,
guarded against the evil-one who pursues my life,
40 made steadfast in angel’s splendor
and within the holy hand of Heaven’s Ruler
as long as I in this life may dwell.Amen.