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CHAPTER I
FIFTH TO ELEVENTH CENTURIES - EARLY ENGLISH PERIOD

it, or omitted it altogether. Whenever he could correct a mistake of Orosius's, he did so.
The Language of Alfred's time. In one way Alfred had not only his translations to make, but his very language to invent. Latin is a finished, exact, accurate language ; the English of the ninth century was rude, childish, and awkward, and it was no easy task to interpret the clean-cut wording of the Latin into the loose, clumsy English phrases. Nevertheless, Alfred had no thought of imitating the Latin construction. The following is a literal translation of part of the preface to one of his books that he sent to Waerferth, bishop of Worcester :

Alfred the King bids to greet Woerferth the bishop with loving words and in friendly wise ; and I bid this be known to thee that q very often comes into my mind what wise men there were formerly, both clergy and laymen ; and what blessed times there were then throughout England ; and how kings who had power over the nation in those days obeyed God and his ministers, and they both preserved peace, order, and authority at home and also increased their territory abroad ; and how they throve both in war and in wisdom ; and also the holy orders how zealous they were both in teaching and in learning, and in all the services that they ought to give to God ; and how people from abroad sought wisdom and teaching in this land ; and how we must now get them from without if we are to have them.

Confused as this is, the King's earnestness shows in every word. He knows just what he means to say, and, language or no language, he contrives to say it. Bede's translation of the Gospel of Saint John disappeared centuries ago, and this preface of King Alfred's is the first bit of English prose that we possess. Literature had vanished from the north and was making its home in the south.
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Another piece of literary and historical work we owe to Alfred, and

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