This is an audio clip of Lord's Prayer in Old English, kindly supplied by Professor Richard Bailey.
We cannot be sure what language Paulinus would have spoken to his audience in. He came from Rome, but had spent many
years in Kent, where Old English was spoken, although probably a very different dialect to northern Anglo-Saxons.
Many Northumbrians still spoke British (a Celtic language, a little like modern Welsh), but the ruling Anglo-Saxons
would have spoken Old English.
We have therefore assumed that Paulinus would have spoken Old English from his stay in
Kent and that most of the population at Ad Gefrin would have some grasp of Old English, even if it was not their first