June 20th, 2020

lindisfarne gospels

Luke 1:39-45 through time

Old English:

Soþlice on þam dagum aras Maria and ferde on munt-land mid ofste on judeisce ceastre and eode into Zacharias huse ond grete Elizabeth; Ða wæs geworden þa Elizabeth gehyrde Marian gretinge. Þa gefagnude þæt cild on hire innoðe; And þa wearð Elizabeth haligum gaste gefylled. And heo clypode micelnre stefne. And cwæþ; Ðu eart betwux wifum gebletsod. And gebletsud ys þines innoðes wæstm. And hwanun is me ðis þæt mines drihtnes modor to me cume; Sona swa þinre gretinge stefn on minum earum geworden wæs. þa fahnude min cild on minum innoþe; And eadig þu eart ðu þe gefyldest þæt fulfremede synd. þa ðing þe ðe fram drihtne gesæde synd;

Middle English (John Wycliffe):

And Marie roos vp in tho daies, and wente with haaste in to the mounteyns, in to a citee of Judee. And sche entride in to the hous of Zacarie, and grette Elizabeth. And it was don, as Elizabeth herde the salutacioun of Marie, the yong child in hir wombe gladide. And Elizabeth was fulfillid with the Hooli Goost, and criede with a greet vois, and seide, Blessid be thou among wymmen, and blessid be the fruyt of thi wombe. And whereof is this thing to me, that the modir of my Lord come to me? For lo! as the voice of thi salutacioun was maad in myn eeris, the yong child gladide in ioye in my wombe. And blessid be thou, that hast bileued, for thilke thingis that ben seid of the Lord to thee, schulen be parfitli don.

Early Modern English (KJV, original 1611 text):

And Marie arose in those dayes, and went into the hill countrey with haste, into a citie of Iuda, And entred into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elizabeth. And it came to passe that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Marie, the babe leaped in her wombe, and Elizabeth was filled with the holy Ghost. And she spake out with a loud voyce, and saide, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruite of thy wombe. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to mee? For loe, assoone as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine eares, the babe leaped in my wombe for ioy. And blessed is she that beleeued, for there shalbe a performance of those things, which were told her from the Lord.

Modern English (RSV):

In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechari′ah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”