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- proper n. A west Germanic language historically tied to Anglo-Saxon and Old Low Franconian.
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- n. the Saxon of the continent of Europe in the old form of the language, as shown particularly in the “Heliand”, a metrical narration of the gospel history preserved in manuscripts of the 9th century.
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- n. Low German prior to 1200
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In 1877 Professor E. Sievers argued, on linguistic grounds, that it was a translation, with some original insertions, from a lost poem in Old Saxon, probably by the author of the _Heliand_.
Certain similarities between passages in _Paradise Lost_ and parts of the translation from Old Saxon interpolated in the Old English _Genesis_ have given occasion to the suggestion that some scholar may have talked to
In the group of West Germanic dialects, for the study of which Old High German, Anglo-Saxon, Old Frisian, and Old Saxon are our oldest and most valuable sources, we still have these four cases, but the phonetic form of the case syllables is already greatly reduced and in certain paradigms particular cases have coalesced.
Thus Kemble brought to the study of the poem not only a knowledge of the Old English poetry and prose, but acquaintance with Old Norse, Gothic, Old High German, and Old Saxon.
Our everyday name of "beads" for it is simply the Old Saxon word bede (a prayer) which has been transferred to the instrument used in reciting the prayer, while the word rosary is an equally modern term.
This fact favours the view that the author was a priest, while his intimate mastery of the formulæ and metrical shifts of the Old Saxon minstrels suggests that he was a skop and a layman.
J.G. von Eckhart identified it with the Old Saxon poem mentioned in the "Præfatio" of Flacius.
The Sievers theory, whose history is one of the brilliant episodes of modern philology, was established in 1894 by the discovery of fragments of an Old Saxon "Genesis".
Sievers has shown that the following 617 lines, called _Genesis B_, were written and interpolated later, by a different hand, and have Old Saxon affiliations.
There is something about the odd gaze and twist of the neck that irresistibly reminds me of an illustration in an Old Saxon or Early English manuscript.