Original Pronunciation

English language texts in period speech

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The King James Bible (1611)

The four hundredth anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible in 1611 motivated the question of how this text would have sounded in the early 1600s. The extracts here and on this page provide an illustration.



Cain and Abel
Cain and Abel
(Genesis 4)
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In the Beginning
In the Beginning
(Genesis 1)
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Though I speak with the tongues
Though I speak with the tongues
(Paul 1 Corinthians)
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In the beginning was the Word
In the beginning was the Word
(John 1)
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The Prodigal Son
The Prodigal Son
(Luke 15)
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The Nativity
The Nativity
(Luke 2)
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The Magnificat
The Magnificat
(Luke 1)
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The Beatitudes
The Beatitudes
(Matthew 5)
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The people that walked in darkness
The people that walked in darkness
(Isaiah 9)
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To every thing there is a season
To every thing there is a season
(Ecclesiastes 3)
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Out of the depths
Out of the depths
(Psalm 130)
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The Lord is my shepherd
The Lord is my shepherd
(Psalm 23)
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The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments
(Exodus 20)
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Romeo

Pronouncing Shakespeare: Romeo Act 1, Scenes I-IV
Pronouncing Shakespeare: Romeo Act 1, Scenes I-IV
My reading of Romeo and Juliet, Act 1, using the Penguin edition as prepared by Tim Carroll (22Mb MP3)
Price: £5.00

Troilus & Cressida

Pronouncing Shakespeare: Troilus
Pronouncing Shakespeare: Troilus
My reading of the whole of Troilus and Cressida, using the First Folio text as prepared by Giles Block (164Mb MP3)
Price: £25.00

Sonnets

Pronouncing Shakespeare: The Sonnets
Pronouncing Shakespeare: The Sonnets
My reading of all the Sonnets (141Mb MP3)
Price: £25.00
Sonnet 154
Sonnet 154
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Sonnet 153
Sonnet 153
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Sonnet 152
Sonnet 152
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Sonnet 151
Sonnet 151
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Sonnet 150
Sonnet 150
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Sonnet 149
Sonnet 149
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Sonnet 148
Sonnet 148
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Sonnet 147
Sonnet 147
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Sonnet 146
Sonnet 146
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Sonnet 145
Sonnet 145
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Sonnet 144
Sonnet 144
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Sonnet 143
Sonnet 143
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Sonnet 141
Sonnet 141
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Sonnet 140
Sonnet 140
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Sonnet 139
Sonnet 139
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Sonnet 138
Sonnet 138
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Sonnet 137
Sonnet 137
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Sonnet 136
Sonnet 136
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Sonnet 135
Sonnet 135
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