It's got a nice drama to it, and perhaps gives us some of the emotional sense of what hearers would have experienced. I have no reason to think it is strictly authentic - who knows what the hell they did - but it takes it up out of the realm of plodding recitation which we learned in Anglo-Saxon class. I imagine they liked a good show in 1000 AD as we do now.
Oooooo...That's not far...
Ah, this spring is such a bad time for anything beyond what I must already do. But for this... well, perhaps.
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