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Examples of Old English Word Order
from an Early Text of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (755)
   
Ond þa ongeat se cyning þæt, ond he on þa duru eode,
 
And when realized the king this, and he to the door went,
 
 
 
ond þa unheanlice hine werede, oþ he on þone æþeling locude,
 
and then bravely himself defended, until he at the nobleman looked,
 
 
 
ond þa ut ræsde on hine, ond hine miclum gewundode.
 
and then out rushed on him, and him severely wounded.
 

Modern translation:

 

And when the king realized this, he went to the door, and bravely defended himself until he noticed the nobleman; and then he rushed out at him and severely wounded him.

 

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