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Ænglisc / Old English - Bede's Death Song (West Saxon Dialect)

Ƿesaþ ġē hāl!

Narated version

Old English:

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.

Modern English:

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.

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September 23, 2016


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