This translation is taken from Rev. Morris's book The Blickling Homilies of the Tenth Century.
Dearest men, lo! I now admonish and exhort every man, both men and women, both young and old, both wise and unwise, both rich and poor, - everyone to behold and understand himself and, whatsoever he hath committed in great sins or in venial ones, forthwith to turn to the better and the true medicine, then may we have God Almighty merciful (to us), because the Lord desires all men to be whole and sound, and to turn to the true knowledge, as David said, 'The humble and fearing and trembling and quaking hearts and those fearing their Creator, God will never despise nor disregard, but will hear their prayers when they cry to him and pray to him for mercy.'
May we then now see and know and very readily understand that the end of this world is very nigh; and many calamities have appeared and men's crimes and woes are greatly multiplied; and we from day to day hear of monstrous plagues and strange deaths throughout the country, that have come upon men, and we often perceive that nation riseth against nation, and we see unfortunate wars caused by iniquitous deeds; and we hear very frequently of the death of men of rank whose life was dear to men, and whose life appeared fair and beautiful and peasant; so we are also informed of various diseases in many places of the world, and of increasing famines.
And many evils, we learn, are here in this life become general, and flourish and no good is abiding here, and all worldly things are very sinful, and very greatly cooleth the love that we ought to have to our Lord; and those good works that we should observe for our soul's health, we forsake.
These tokens, that I have just related concerning this world's tribulations and calamities, are such as Christ himself mentioned to his disciples, that all these things should happen before the end of this world.
Let us now strive with all the might of good works and be desirous of God's mercy. Now we may perceive that this world's destruction approacheth, wherefore I admonish and warn every man to contemplate diligently his own death, so that he may live here in the world rightly, before God and in the sight of the highest King.
Let us be liberal to the needy and charitable to the poor, as God himself hath bidden us, so that we observe true peace and have concord among us; and let those that have children instruct them in right discipline and teach them the way of life, and the right way to heaven; and if they in any way live their life amiss let them then at once be converted from their wickednesses and turned from their unrighteousness; that we thereby may all please God, as is bidden to all believing people, and not to those alone that are in exalted positions subject to God, as bishops, kings, mass-priests, archdeacons, but is also indeed enjoined upon subdeacons and monks; and to all men it is needful and profitable to observe well their baptismal vows.
Let no man be very highminded an account of his worldly wealth, nor too confident in his bodily powers, nor too disposed to malice, nor too bold in wickedness, nor too full of crafts, nor too fond of guile, neither given to contriving false accusations, nor to laying snares [for the unwary].
No man need think that his body may or can amend the sin-burden in the grave; but therein he shall rot to dust and there await the great event [the Doom], when the Almighty will bring this world to an end, and when he will draw out his fiery sword and smite all this world through and pierce the bodies, and cleave asunder this earth; and the dead shall stand up, then shall the body (flesh-garb) be as transparent as glass, nought of its nakedness may be concealed.
Wherefore it is needful for us that we follow not too long foolish works, but we must make our peace with God and men, and establish firmly the right belief in our hearts, that it may there dwell and there grow and bloom; and we must confess the true belief in [God and in] our Lord Jesus Christ, his begotten Son, and in the Holy Ghost, who is co-eternal with the Father and Son. And we must trust in God's holy Church, and in those that have right belief; and we must believe in the forgiveness of sins and the resurrection of the body on Doomsday, and we must believe in the everlasting life, and in the heavenly kingdom that is promised to all that are now workers of what is good.
This is the right faith, which it behoveth that each man should well hold and perform, for no worker may perform good works before God without love and belief.
And it is very needful for us to consider and bear this in mind, and most diligently when we hear God's books explained and read to us, and the gospel declared, and his glories made known to men.
Let us then diligently strive to be afterwards the better and the happier for the teaching that we have often heard.