Alsige of West Stow

Title

Alsige of West Stow

Subject

Old English language

Description

An introduction to a typical village house at West Stow, delivered in Old English.

Transcript:

Welcumen béo on West Stowa. Mín nama is Alsige.
Þis is mín hús. Ðes is se hróf, séo duru, séo flór .... cum in.
Þes is mín wífman, and Þes is mín bróþor.
ealá, ealá

Þis is þæt fýr, ond hér is úre mete ... stincað wel!
Hér is mín bedd. Wé rísað þá séo sunne ríseð, wé weorcað ealne dæg ond gáð to bedde þá niht cumeþ

(goes outside)

Þéos is mín woruld -- ðá heofenas, séo sunne, þá tréow, þá æceras, þá godu, þá ylfe ond mín twá stranga handa.
Beoð wel, fríend.

Translation:

Welcome to West Stow. My name is Alsige.
This is my house. This is the roof... the door... and the floor.... come in.

This is my wife, and this is my brother.
Hello! Hello!
This is the fire, and this is our food -- hmm, smells good!
Here is my bed. We get up when the sun rises, we work all day long, and go to bed at night-fall.

(goes outside)

This is my world -- the sky, the sun, the trees, the fields, the gods and the elves - and my two strong hands.

Be well, friends.

Creator

Matt Love

Date

2010

Language

Old English

Date Created

2010-07-26

Files

Citation

Matt Love, “Alsige of West Stow,” Woruldhord, accessed January 18, 2021, http://poppy.nsms.ox.ac.uk/woruldhord/items/show/166.

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