From Bede's Ecclesiastical History, II.xiii

A counsellor advises King Edwin on whether to  accept  Christianity
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yslic me is gesewen1  u cyning
is andwearde lif
2 manna3  on eoran
to wimetenesse re tide
4  e us uncu is
swylc swa u t swsendum sitte
5
mid inum ealdormannum & egnum on wintertide
& sie
6  fyr onld & in heall gewyrmed
& hit rine & sniwe & styrme ute
7
cume an spearwa & hrdlice t hus urhfleo
cume urh ore duru in urh ore ut gewite
8
hwt
9 he on a tid e he inne bi
ne bi hrinen mid y storme s wintres
ac t bi an eagan
10 bryhtm  & t lsste fc
ac he sona
11 of wintra on one winter eft cyme
swa onne is monna
12  lif
to medmiclum fce tywe
hwt r foregange oe hwt r fterfylige
we ne cunnon.

Thus seems to me, King,
this present life of men on earth
in comparison with that time which is unknown to us, (to be)
as if you at feasting should sit
with your lords and subjects in winter-time,
and a fire be lit and your hall warmed,
and it should rain and snow and storm outside;
and come a sparrow and suddenly fly through the house,
come through one door in, through other out depart.
Lo, he during that time he is inside
be not touched by the winters storm;
but that is an eyes flash and the smallest time,
and he soon (briefly) from winter to winter again comes (returns).
So then this life of men
to a modicum (small stretch) of time is revealed;
what there comes before, or what there after follows,
we know not.

Notes
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1 "is seen"; the verb is son 'to see', ic seah 'I saw, hit is gesewen 'it is seen'
2 is lf - the word lf is neuter (hvorugkyns) as it is in Icelandic; but is is also neuter (masculine es, femininine eos, neuter is)
3 manna, genitive plural, just like Icelandic - 'etta lf manna'
4 re tde, dative feminine plural - Icelandic 'eirri t'
5 sitte - this word and all the following verbs are in the present subjunctive, following the phrase swylce swa 'as if' ("such so").
The normal indicative present form would be sitte or sitt. Compare Icelandic: 'Svo sem sitjir (skyldir sitja)..'
6 se or s be' - subjunctive present of  is 'is'. Icelandic "s".
7 rine, sniwe, styrme - subjunctive present forms; indicative would be rin(e), sniw(e), styrm(e).
8 cume - subjunctive present for cym/cyme; gewite subjunctive present for gewite.
9  The word hwæt 'what' is used in Old English to mean 'lo, see, listen!' at the beginning of a poem or a speech in American English we might say 'Now hear this!' The great 3000-line Old English poem Bowulf begins with the words Hwæt, we Gardena in geardagum .... rym gefrunon 'Lo, we have have heard of the glory of the Spear-Danes'
10 an eagan bryhtm, 'the flash of an eye'. The word eagan is the genitive singular form of eage, 'eye' - compare Icelandic auga, which does not change in the genitive singular. The same goes for eare, earan, ear (eyra)
11 sona gives the modern word 'soon'; originally it meant "immediately".
12 is lf (see note 2 above) 'this life'.  Monna is the genitive plural of mon(n) 'man'; these words often occur as man, man(n), manna.


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