An Orientation to Early English Literature. A Brief Guide Accessible Version: http://www.csun.edu/~sk36711/WWW/medlit/toc.html. General Timeline. Timeline of Medieval England. Map of Anglo-Saxon England. Timeline of Anglo-Saxon England. Timeline of English Language and Literature.
A Brief Guide
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Examples of the Lord's Prayer:
Old English (c. 1000)
Fæderure, þuþeeart on heofonum, siþinnamagehalgod; tobecumeþin rice gewurþeþinwilla, on eorðanswaswa on heofonum. Urnegedæghwamlicanhlafsyle us to dæg, and forgyf us uregyltas, swaswa we forgyfaðurumgyltendum; and ne gelædþu us on costnunge, ac alys us of yfelesoþlice.
Middle English (c. 1384)
Ourefadirþat art in heuenes, halwid be þi name; þireume or kyngdom come to be. Be þiwille don in herþe as it is doun in heuene. Yeue to us today oureechedayes bred, and foryeue to us ouredettis, þat is ouresynnys, as we foryeuen to ouredettouris, þat is to men þathansynned in us. And lede us not into temptacion, but delyuere us from euyl.
Early Modern English (1534)
eMonE (Tyndale, 1534): O oure father which arte in heven, halowed be thy name. Let thy kyngdome come, thy wyll be fulfilled as well in erth as it ys in heven. Gevevs this dayeouredaylybreede, and forgevevsouretreaspases, even as we forgevenouretrespacers, and leadevs not into temptacion: but delyvervs from evell.
Early Modern English (King James Version, 1611)
Our father which art in heauen, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heauen. Giue us this day our daily bread, and forgiue us our debts as we forgiue our debters; and lead us not into temptation, but deliuer us from euill.