The Nightingale From Heaven


Anglo-Saxon (Old English) :

Nightingale hwistlung thy eare
Hawthorn aweaxan aenlic
Clouds dancing along like flot
By the aelmihtig lufian goldwine give thee
That swept thee off thy feet

Bridd chirping in classical music
Nature dancing through winds
Geofon dancing along like flot
Bring heaven within thee

Absolute faith up rise thy thought
Encourge thou to move on
And see how lovely life can be
Being felaleof by the suspicious nightingale
Coming from that deop blue sae


Translate to Modern English:

Melodious song whistling your ear
Like hawthorn grow beautifully
Cloud dancing along like sea
By the almighty love Lord given you
That swept you off your feet

Birds chirping in classical music
Nature dancing through winds
Ocean waves unto the sea
Bring heaven within you…

Absolute faith up rise your thought
Encourage you to move on
And see how lovely life can be
Being in love by the suspicious melody
coming from that deep blue sea



Meanings: A melodious song from the wind and sea has whistle in your ear like a hawthorn that grow beautifully. The cloud dance like the wave in the sea by the mighty love that lord given. Nature dancing surround with winds bring faith in your life to move on.

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MJFenn 5 years ago

Interesting that you should aim at using Old English as a medium for the poem!

Even Chaucerian, Early Modern English, is quite far removed from modern English.


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mariefontaine 5 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

I need to try this. I have this thing...this hatred for the confinement of form poetry... but I was told that I can't break the rules until I know them to break them....


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chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Hi MJ, thanks! :) It is quite far different than modern English.


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chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Hi Marie, I have heard that too, but its a free world. I always tell myself, break the rule to get creative! LOL...as long as you understand them, that's what count!


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

I have read about Anglo-Saxon, but not the language. And I applaud you for trying different things in your poetry. I have been reading you for long time and I have seen grow with your every work. This poem is an intense buzz inside when we ponder into the world around us.


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chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Hi Vinaya, Thank you. It is very nice to know that my work is growing and I hope to continue that! ^_^


Pipa 5 years ago

Wow! That is nice! Old English is a hard language, too complicated. I rather stick with Modern English.


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chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Hi pipa, old English is complicated and very hard to understand. Thanks! :)

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