Friday, March 11, 2011

Oath of Strasbourg (Le Serment de Strasbourg)

Author Unknown 
Trans RMBullard 
Old French (Vulgar Latin)

Pro Deo amur et pro christian poblo et nostro comun salvament, d’ist di in avant, in quant Deus savir et podir dunat, si salvarai eo cist meon fradre Karlo, et in adjuhda et in cadhuna cosa si cum om per dreit son fradra salvar dift, in o quid il mi altresi fazet;
(For the love of God and the Christian people and safety of her community, from this day into the future, in so far as God allows to know and be able to do, it is I who will save my brother Carlus, and I will next be in this single thing a man who should save his brother by his own initiative, in such matter which he would do the same thing so for me;)

Et ab Ludher nul plaid nunquam prindrai qui meon vol cist meon fradre Karlo in damno sit. (And I will never take any pleasure as one wishing to see that my brother Karlo be in torture.)

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