"The Advice of Addaon"
I asked all the priests of the world,
The bishops and judges,
What most profits the soul.
The Lord's prayer, the Beati and holy creed,
All sung for the sake of the soul,
Are best practiced until Judgment Day.
If only you shape your own path
And build up peace,
You shall see no end of mercy.
Feed the hungry and clothe the naked,
Sing out in praise,
For you have escaped the Devil's number.
But the proud and idle, pain on their flesh
On account of excess,
Must be winnowed until they are pure.
Too much sleep, drunkenness and sipping of mead,
Too much pandering to the body,
That is their sweet bitterness before Judgment Day.
They who commit perjury for land and deceive their Lord,
Who pour scorn on the humble,
Shall know regret on Judgment Day.
By rising for matins and by midnight vigils,
By praying to the saints,
Every Christian shall receive forgiveness.