Friday, September 26, 2014

The Lord's Prayer in Old English

My fifteen year old daughter is reading Beowulf now with Angelina's excellent Great Books II class, so just for fun she and I watched Benjamin Bagby's wonderful performance of the first third of the poem, in Old English, with a harp.

And that inspired me to brush up my pronunciation of the Lord's Prayer in Old English in order to share with y'all, only the recording I first learned it from was taken down from the internet a decade ago, and I don't really like any of the recordings I've found on YouTube, and the online written pronunciation guides are just confusing me.  So I decided to post this anyway before I chickened out.  My apologies if you're an Anglo-Saxon scholar and know how this is supposed to sound. 

Fæder ure þu þe eart on heofonum
si þin nama gehalgod
tobecume þin rice
gewurþe þin willa
on eorðan swa swa on heofonum
urne gedæghwamlican hlaf syle us to dæg
and forgyf us ure gyltas
swa swa we forgyfað urum gyltendum
and ne gelæd þu us on costnunge
ac alys us of yfele.


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The Poetry shelf, which contains maybe 2/3 of my collection
There's more in the school room, and in my bedroom,
and on the table by my rocking chair, and . . .

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