Ænglisc / Old English - Bede's Death Song (West Saxon Dialect)
Ƿesaþ ġē hāl!
For þām nēdfere nǣni wyrþeþ
þances snotera, þonne him þearf sȳ
tō ġehicgenne ǣr his heonengange
hwæt his gāste gōdes oþþe ȳfeles
æfter dēaþe heonon dēmed weorþe.
Facing Death, that inescapable journey,
who can be wiser than he
who reflects, while breath yet remains,
on whether his life brought others happiness or pains,
since his soul may yet win delight's or night's way
after his death-day.