Bede's Account of the Coming of the Angles, Saxons and Jutes
in a normalised Early Middle English (East Midland dialect c 1200)view original text
Tha_ was imbe fe_wer hund wintere and nigen and fe_wer`tiy fram u_re Drihtenes mennisc`nesse that Martianus Caesar ri_ce on`fe_ng and sefen year hafde. He_ was the sex`te eak fe_wer`tiy fram Augustus Caesar. Tha_ Angel`the_d and of Saxe was y`lathed fram the fore`spreken`e kinge, and on Briten`e co_m on thre_ micele scipes, and on east`deale of this ea`land earding`sto_w on`fe_ng thurh the ilke kinges be`bod, the hi_ hider y`lathed, that hi_ scolden for here e_thele campen and fehten.
And hi_ so_ne campeden with here y`winne, that oft ear northen on`hergeden; and Saxe tha_ siye y`slo_gen. Tha_ senden hi_ ha_m earend`rakes and he_ten sayen this landes wastem`bearnesse and ergthe of the Brittes. And hi_ tha_ so_ne hider senden ma_re scip`here of strengere wiges; and was un`ofer`swi_thend`lic wered, tha_ hi_ to_`gadere y`the_de wearen. And hem Brittes sa_lden and yeafen earding`sto_w be`twix hem, that hi_ for sibbe and for heale of here e_thele campeden and wunnen with here fe_ndes, and hi_ hem andlefen and a_r for`yeafen for here i`winne.
Co_men hi_ of thre_ folkes the stra_ngeste in Germanie, that is of Saxe and of Engle and of Iu_tes. Of Iu_te frume sinden Cantware and Wiht`seaten that is the the_d that the ea`land Wiht on`eardeth. Of Saxe, that is of the land that man ha_teth A_ld`saxe, co_men East`saxe and Su_th`saxe and West`saxe. Of Engle co_men East`engle and Middel`engle and Mercen and al North`himbre kin; is the land that Angulus is nemned, be`twix Iu_tes and Saxe; and is sayde of the ti_d the hi_ thanen y`witen oth to_`day that hit we_ste wune. Wearen earest of here la_tte_wes and here`toges twe_yen bro_ther, Hengest and Horsa. Hi_ wearen Wiht`gilses sunes, hwa_s fader was Witta ha_ten, hwa_s fader was Wihta ha_ten, hwa_s fader was Woden nemned, of hwa_s stri_nde maniy meaythes of king`kin frume leade. Ne was tha_ elding to_ that hi_ heap`meale co_men ma_re wered of the the_des that we_ ear y`mingeden. And that folk that hider co_m on`gan waxen and micelen swa_ swi_the that hi_ wearen on micel eye of the selfe land`bi_`genges that hi_ ear hider latheden and ce_yeden.
After this hi_ y`wereden to_ sum ti_de with Pihtes, hwilce hi_ ear thurh i`feht ferr a`drifen. And tha_ wearen Saxen se_cende intinge and to_`wird for here i`da_l with Brittes. Ki_theden hem openli_ce and sayden, nemne hi_ hem ma_re andlefen sa_lden, hi_ wolden hem selfe nimen and hergen, hwear hi_ hit fi_nden mihten. And so_ne the be_tinges de_des _leasten; bearnden and hergeden and slo_gen fram east`sea oth west`sea, and hem n`eaniy with`sto_d. Ne was uni`li_c wrak that yu_ Calde_es bearneden the walles of Hierusale_me and the kinelice i`timbere mid fi_re for`na_men for the sinnes of Godes folk. Swa_ thonne he_r fram the a_rlease the_d, hwethere rihte in Godes do_m, ne_h i`hwilc cestere and land for`herged wearen. Ruren and fe_llen kinelic i`timbere samed and a_nle_piy, and i`hwear sakerdes and masse`pre_stes be`twix we_fedes wearen slayen and cwelmed; biscopes mid folkes bu_ten eaniy sceawing a_re, at`gadere mid i_ren and le_ye for`numen wearen. And ne was the be`birinesse sa_lde to_ tha_ that swa_ re_wli_ce a`cwa_lde wearen. And maniy of the arme la_fe on we_st`ene fangen wearen and heap`meale stiked. Sume for hunger to_ here fe_ndes on hand ye_den and e_ce thewdo_m y`he_ten with that hem man andlefen for`yeafe; sume ofer sea sorgende y`witen; sume forhtende on e_thele y`biden, and tharfende li_f in wude and in we_ste and on he_ge clifes mid sorgende mo_d simble diden.