Case in point, Shakespeare's Sonnet 18:
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?Now here's Middle English (Intro to Canterbury Tales):
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date
Whan that Aprill, with his shoures sooteOld English (Intro to Beowulf):
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote
And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
Hwæt! We Gardena in geardagum,So you can see what the difference is!
þeodcyninga, þrym gefrunon,
hu ða æþelingas ellen fremedon.
Oft Scyld Scefing sceaþena þreatum,
Anyways, I was chuffed to see that Chaucer has a blog. Check it out!