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Now therefore saith the Lord: Be converted to me with all your heart, in fasting, and in weeping, and in mourning. And rend your hearts, and not your garments, and turn to the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful

Joel 2:12-13

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Fæder ure

A reading of the Lord's prayer in 11th century Old English. That was shortly before the Norman Invasion and all that dramatically changed the language:

Fæder ure, þu þe eart on heofonum...

I thought it was interesting to follow along and try to figure out what was being said. This version of the video with word by word translation showed where I was mistaken.

Not sure what I think of the scary/cool music that accompanies the reading. It seems to fit the Old English setting, which comes to us as old stone ruins and scraps of parchment, but it wasn't ghosts that spoke these words, when Christians prayed the Pater noster this way.

Modern Literal Translation
Father our
You who are in Heaven
Be your name hallowed,
Come your kingdom.
Become your will on earth as on Heaven.
Our daily loaf give us today.
And forgive us our guilts as we forgive the fellow guilty.
And do not lead you us into temptation
But release us of evil. Truly.

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