Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

"It’s a 400-some-odd-page poem written in Old English"

"It’s a 400-some-odd-page poem written in Old English." Vincent Newman, producer of a proposed film version of Paradise Lost, on Milton's 17th century poem.


Old English? Really? Is this just me being an intellectual snob, or should people know that Old English was long gone in the 17th century? I mean, contemporary Anglophones can read Paradise Lost.

The Lord's Prayer in Old English:

Fæder ure þu þe eart on heofonum,
Si þin nama gehalgod.
To becume þin rice,
gewurþe ðin willa,
on eorðan swa swa on heofonum.
Urne gedæghwamlican hlaf syle us todæg,
and forgyf us ure gyltas, swa swa we forgyfað urum gyltendum.
And ne gelæd þu us on costnunge, ac alys us of yfele. Soþlice

The Lord's Prayer in Early Modern English:

Our father which art in heauen, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdome come. Thy will be done, in earth, as it is in heauen.
Giue vs this day our daily bread.
And forgiue vs our debts, as we forgiue our debters.
And lead vs not into temptation, but deliuer vs from euill: For thine is the kingdome, and the power, and the glory, for euer, Amen.

(Source: http://www.georgetown.edu/faculty/ballc/oe/pater_noster.html)
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