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eac othrum mannuir. ne lyfdon. we neither lived it ourselves not Thone naman anne we lufdon left it to other men. We have thæt we Cristene wäron, and loved only the name of being swithe feawa tha tha was. Tha ic Christians, and very tew the duties. this eal ge-munde, tha ge-mund ic When I thought of all this, then I eac hu ic ge-seah wer tham the hit thought also how I saw, before it cal for-heregod wære and for- was all spoiled and burnt, how the bærned, hu tha circan geand eal churches throughout al. the Eng. Angel-cyn stodon mathma and lish nation were filled with treasboca ge-fylled, and eac micel ures and books, and also with a mæniu Godes theawa, and tha great multitude of God's servants, swithe lytle feorme thara boca and yet they knew very litile fruit wiston, for tham the hi hira nan of the books, because they could thing ongitan ne m:hton, for tham understand nothing of them, bethe hi næron on hira agenge cause they were not written in theodde awritene. Swilce hi cwæ- their own language; as they say don ure yldran, tha the thas stowa our elders, who held these places er heoldon, hi lufedon wisdome, before them, loved wisdom, and and thurh thone hi begeton welan through it obtained weal and left and us læfdon.
lit to us.
B.-SEMI-SAXON. 4. LAYAMON. Brut, 1150-1250. The Dream of Arthur.
(Manual, p. 32.) (From Sir F. Madden's Edition, vol. iii. pp. 118-121.) To niht a mine slepe,
To-night in iny sleep (bed), Ther ich laei on bure,
Where I lay in chamber, Mei maette a sweuen;
I dreamt a dream, Ther uore ich ful sari aem.
Therefore I am "full" sorry.
Upon a hall;
As if I would ride;
All the lands that I possessed
(had), Alle ich ther ouer sah.
All I there overlooked (them saw). And Walwain sat biuoren me ; And Walwain sate before me; Mi sweord he bar an honde. My sword he bare in hand. Tha com Moddred faren ther Then approached Mod:ed there, Mid unimete uolke.
With innumerable folk; He bar an his honde
He bare in his hand Ane wiax stronge.
A“battle”-axe (most) stresi. He bigon to hewene
He began to hew Hardliche swithe,
Exceeding hardily; And tha postes for-heou alle And the posts all liewed in piecta, 'Tha heolden up the halle.
That held up the hall. Ther ich isey Wenhever eke, There I saw Wenhaver ekę (the
queen), Wirninonen levfuest me:
"Dearest of women to me"; Al there muche halle rof
All the inickle hall roof Mid hire honden heo to-droh. | With her hand she drew down;
Tha halle gon to haelden, | The hall gan to tumble,
So that my right arm brake is
pieces, Tha seide Modred, Haue that! Then said Modred, “Have that!" Adun ueol tha halle
Down fell the hall; And Walwain gon to ualle, And Walwain gan to fall i was
fallen), And feol a there eorthe;
And fell on the earth; !liy aermes brekeen beine.
His arms both brake. And ich igrap mi sweord leofe And I grasped my dear (good
sword Mid mire leoft honde,
With my left hand, And smaet of Modred is haft, And smote of Modred his head, That hit wond a thene ueld; So that it rolled on the field. And tha quene ich al to-smathde, And the queen I “cut all in pieces Mid deore mine sweorde,
With my dear sword, And seodthen ich heo adun sette And afterwards I” set “her” dowo In ane swarte putte.
In a black pit. And al mi uolc riche
And all my good people Sette to fleme,
Set to flight,
Upon a weald,
Wide over the moors”;
There I saw gripes, And grisliche fugheles.
And grisly (wondrous) fowls! Tha com an guldene leo
Then approached a golden lion Lithen ouer dune.
Over the down; Deoren swithe hende,
“ A beast most fair, Tha ure Drihten make.
That our Lord made”;Tha leo me orn foren to,
The (this) lion ran towards quickly
to) me, And iueng me bi than midle, And took “me” by the middle, And forth hire gun yeongen And forth gan her move (he gan mo
carry), And to there sae wende.
And to the sea went. And ich isaeh thae vthen
6 And I saw the waves I there sae driuen;
Drive in the sea”; And the leo i than ulode
And the lion in the flood Iwende with me seolue.
Went with myself.
When we came in the sea,
But there approached (came swim.
ming) a fish, Ind fereden me to londe.
And brought me to land; fha wes ich al wet,
Then was I all wet, And weri of soryen, and seoc. “ And” weary “from sorrow," and
(very) sick. Tha gon ich iwakien
When I gan to wake, Swithe ich gon to quakien; Greatly (then) gan I to quake; Tha gon ich to binien
6. Then gan I to tremble Swule ich al fur burne.
As if I a'l burnt with fire." And swa ich habbe al niht | And so (thus) I have all night
Of mine sweuene su ithe ithoht;
Of my dream much thought,
5. The Ormulum. (Manual, p. 33.)
(Edited by Dr. White, Oxford, 1862.) Nu, brotherr Wallterr, brotherr | Now, brother Walter, brother mine
min Affterr the flaeshes kinde;
After the flesh's kind (or nature); Annd brotherr min i Crisstenn- And brother mine in Christendom dom
(or Christ's kingdom) Thurrh fulluhht and thurrh trow. Through baptism and through wthe;
truth; Annd brotherr min i Godess hus, And brother mine in God's house, Yet o the thride wise,
Yet on (in) the third wise, [both Thurrh thatt witt hafenn takenn ba Though that we two have takeni An reghellboc to folghenn, One rule-book to follow, Unnderr kanunnkess had and lif, Under canonic's (canon's) rank
and life, Swa summ Sant Awwstin sette; So as St. Austin set (or ruled); Ich hafe don swa summ thu badd I have done so as thou hade Annd forthedd te thin wille; And performed thee thine will
(wish); Ice hafe wennd inntill Ennglissh I have wended (turned) into Eng.
0.-OLD ENGLISH, 1250–1350. 6. HENRY III. Proclamation in A. D. 1258. (From Marsh's Origin and History of the English Langunge, pp. 192, 193.) Henr', thurg Godes fuitume King. Henry, by the grace of God king on Engleneloande, lhoaverd on in (of) England, lorù in (of) Iron Irloand, duk' on Norm', on Aqui- land, duke in (of) Normandy, in tain', and eorl on Aniow, send (of) Aquitaine, and earl in (of) igretinge to all hise halde ilaerde Anjou, sends greeting to all his and ilaewedeon Huntendon' lieges, clerk and lay, in Hunting schir'.
donshire. Thaet witen ge wel alle, thaet This know ye well all, that we we willen and unnen, thaet thaet will and grant that what our ccun. ure rardesmen alle other the moare cillors, all or the major part of dael of heom, thaet beoth ichosen them, who are chosen by us and thuig us and thurg thaet loandes by the land's people in our king. folk on urn kuneriche, habbeth | dom, have done ars shal do, to idon and scliullen don in the worth- the honor of God ani in allegiance nense of Gode and on ure treowthe to us, for the good of the land, by for the freine of the loande thurg the ordinance of the aforesaid the besigte of than toforeniseide councillors, be steadfast and per redesmen, beo stedefaest and iles- manent in all things, time without tin le in alle thinge a buten aende, end, and we command all our and we lioaten aile ure treowe in lieges by the faith that they owe the treowthe, that heo us ogen, us, that they steadfastly hold, and Whiaet heo stedefaestliche healden swear to hold and defend the reyu. and swerien to healden and to lations that are made and to be werien the isetnesses, thaet beon made by the aforesaid councillors,
imakede and beon to makien thurg or by the major part of them, as is • than toforeniseide raedesmen other before said, and that each help
thurg the moare dael of heom others this to do, by the same oatlı, alswo alse hit is biforen iseid, and against all men, right to do and to thaet aehc other helpe thaet for to receive, and that none take of land done bi than ilche othe agenes alle or goods, whereby this ordinance men rigt for to done and to may be let or impaired in any wise, roangen, and noan ne nime of and if any [sing:] or any [plural) loande ne of egte, where-thurg transgress here against, we will and this besigte mige beon ilet other command that all our lieges them iwersed on onie wise and gif oni hold as deadly foes, and because other onie cumen her ongenes, we we will that this be steadfast and willen and hoaten, thaet alle ure i permanent, we send you these let. treowe heom healden deadliche ters patent sealed with our seal, tu ifoan, and for thaet we willen, keep among your in custody. thaet this leo stedcfaest and lestinde, we senden gew this writ npen iseined with ure seel to halden amanges gew ine hord.
Witnesse usselven aet Lunden'! Witness ourse:f at London the thane egtetenthe day on the eighteenth day in the month of monthe of Octobr' in the two and October in the two and fortieth fowertigthe geare of ure cruninge. year of our coronation.
And this wes idom aetforen ure. And this was done before oui isworene redesmen:
sworn councillors : [here follow the signatures of
[Signatures] several redesmen or councillors] and aetforen othre moge.
and before other nobles [?] And al on tho ilche worden is! And all in the same words is isend in to aeurihce othre shcire sent into every other shire over all ouer al thaere kuneriche on Engle- the kingdom in (of) England and Deloande and ek in tel Irelonde. I also into Ireland.
. King Alisaunder. (Manual, p. 34.)
(From Guest's History of English Rhythms, vol. ii. p. 142.) Averil is merry, and longith the April is merry, and length'neth day;
the day; Ladies loven solas and play; Ladies love solace and play; Swaynes justes; knyghtis turnay; Swains the jousts; knights the
Syngeth the nyghtyngale; gredeth | Singeth the nightingale; scream. theo jay;
eth the jay; The hote sunne chongeth the clay; The hot sun changeth the clay; Ai ye well yseen may.
As ye well may see.
-- Alisaunder, 140
8. Havelok. (Manual, p. 34.)
(From Guest's History of English Rhythms, vol. II. pp. 142–145.) llwan lie was hosled and shriven, When he was housled and shriven, llis quiste maked, and for him His bequests made, and for him given,
given, Ilis knictes dede he alle site, His knights he made all sit, For thorw them he wolde wite, For from them would he know, Hwo micte yeme hise children who should keep his children yunge,
young, Till that he couthen speken wit Till they knew how to speak with tunge, [riden, tongue,
[horse, Speken, and gangen, on horse To speak, and walk, and ride on Knictes and sweynes bi hete 'Knights and servants by their side. siden. [sone
[soon He spoken there offe—and chosen They spoke thereof- and chosen A riche man was, that, under Was a rich man, that, under mone,
moon, Was the trewest that he wende | Was the truest that they knew Godard, the kinges oune frende; Godard, the king's own friend; And seyden, he moucthe hem And said they, he might best them besť loke
keep Yif that he hem undertoke, If their charge he undertook, Till hise sone mouthe bere
Till his son might bear Helm on heued, and leden ut here, Helm on head, and lead out host, (In his hand a spere stark)
(In his hand a sturdy spear) Anċ king ben maked of Denmark. And king of Denmark should ha
9. ROBERT of GLOUCESTER. (Manual, p. 33.)
Thuse come lo! Engelond into | Thus came lo! England into Nor. Normannes honde,
mans'-hand. Ad.) the Normans ne couthe speke And the Normans not could speak tho bote her owe speche,
then but their own speech, And speke French as dude atom, And spake French as (they) did
and here chyldren dude al so at home, and their children teche;
did all so teach : So that heymen of thys lond, that So that high men of this land, that of her blod come,
of their blood come, Ifoldcth alle thulke speche that hii Hold all the same speech that they of hem nome.
of them took; Vor bote a man couthe French me For but a man know French mnen tolth of hym wel lute;
tell (reckon) of him well little: