Friday, October 1, 2010

Faeder ure pu pe eart on heofonum ("Our Father who art in heaven")

Many people prefer the Lord's Prayer in "traditional" English ("Our Father who art in heaven..."). However, that English is relatively recent. A friend sent this along the other day; it is the Lord's Prayer in 11th century English, and thankfully it comes with subtitles. This takes about 3 minutes to watch, and the mystical tone comes through. Imagine those 11th century Angl0-Saxon monks saying this together in the stony monasteries of York. Enjoy . . .


Ilana D. said...

Very cool!

Reaction #1: Where are Frodo and Sam?

Reaction #2: Those medieval monks were sure lucky to be able to pray with all that New Age massage music.

Reaction #3: I studied Chaucer in college, but never heard him read out loud by someone who could really speak old English. It sounds SOOO German! Language evolution is amazing. Sometime between 1100 and 1600, that turned into the language of Shakespeare. And then to what we have today.

Peter Carey+ said...

That is very very cool!!


Peter Carey+