Readings in Old and Middle English

Readings in Old and Middle English


My name is Arthur Bahr. I’m an associate professor
of Literature at MIT. I am a medievalist and I am going to read the first twelve lines
of “Beowulf” in Old English. HWÆT, WE GAR-DEna in geardagum,
þeodcyninga þrym gefrunon, hu ða æþelingas ellen fremedon!
Oft Scyld Scefing sceaþena þreatum, monegum mægþum meodosetla ofteah,
egsode eorlas, syððanærest wearð feasceaft funden; he þæs frofre gebad,
weox under wolcnum weorðmyndum þah, oð þæt him æghwylc ymbsittendra
ofer hronrade hyran scolde, gomban gyldan; þæt wæs god cyning! And I am going to read the first stanza of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” in the original
Middle English. SIÞEN þe sege and þe assaut watz sesed
at Troye, Þe borȝ brittened and brent to brondeȝ
and askez, Þe tulk þat þe trammes of tresoun þer
wroȝt Watz tried for his tricherie, þe trewest
on erthe: Hit watz Ennias þe athel, and his highe kynde,
Þat siþen depreced prouinces, and patrounes bicome
Welneȝe of al þe wele in þe west iles. Fro riche Romulus to Rome ricchis hym swyþe,
With gret bobbaunce þat burȝe he biges vpon fyrst,
And neuenes hit his aune nome, as hit now hat;
Tirius to Tuskan and teldes bigynnes, Langaberde in Lumbardie lyftes vp homes,
And fer ouer þe French flod Felix Brutus On mony bonkkes ful brode Bretayn he settez
wyth wynne, Where werre and wrake and wonder
Bi syþez hatz wont þerinne, And oft boþe blysse and blunder
Ful skete hatz skyfted synne.

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