Metrical Preface to the Pastoral Care

Verse Early Saxon

þis ærendgewrit     Agustinus
ofer sealtne sæ     suðan brohte
iegbuendum,     swa hit ær fore
adihtode     dryhtnes cempa,
5Rome papa.     Ryhtspell monig
Gregorius     gleawmod gindwod
ðurh sefan snyttro,     searoðonca hord.
Forðæm he monncynnes     mæst gestriende
rodra wearde,     Romwara betest,
10monna modwelegost,     mærðum gefrægost.
Siððan min on englisc     ælfred kyning
awende worda gehwelc,     and me his writerum
sende suð and norð,     heht him swelcra ma
brengan bi ðære bisene,     ðæt he his biscepum
15sendan meahte,     forðæm hi his sume ðorfton,
ða ðe lædenspræce     læste cuðon.