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Layamon's Middle English is earlier than Chaucer's language, and sometimes sounds more Germanic, closer to Anglo-Saxon. The [y] in the name of the author and in the word "Ernleye" below is actually a "yogh," which looks like a flat headed 3 and for which there is no HTML code. It was probably still a velar sound in the early 13th-century, as you can hear in Prof. Cottle's reading, but the name is usually rendered "Layamon," occasionally "Lazamon" or "Lawman." In this text the þ "thorn" and ð "eth" represent a [th] sound. This recording was made in 1990 for The Chaucer Studio.
An preost wes on leoden, Layamon wes ihoten.|
he wes Leouenaðes sone, liðe him beo Drihten.
He wonede at Ernleye, at æðelen are chirechen.
vppen Seuarne staþe; sel þar him þuhte.
on-fest Radestone, þer he bock radde.
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