Old English
Definition - The written and spoken English that was used between 450 CE and 1100 CE. It is the English of Beowulf.


The Lord's Prayer in Old English.




Fæder ūre, ðū ðē eart on heofonum,

Sī ðīn nama gehãlgod. Tõ becume ðīn rice.

Gewurde ðīn willa On eorþan swã swã on heofonum.

Urne gedægwhamlīcan hlãf syle ūs tõdæg.

And forgyf ūs ūre gyltas,

Swã swã wē forgyfaþ ūrum gyltendum.

And ne gelæd ðū ūs on costnunge,

ac alȳs ūs of yfele. Sõþlice.

Etymology -
When interest in Old English writing revived circa 1586, the name Anglo-Saxon was initially given to the language that is now called Old English.

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1225:
"I þe moneþ þat on ure ledene is old englisch efterlið inempnet, iuliuso latin."
(St. Marher 23,)



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