Just because a thought popped into your head doesn’t mean you have to think it. 🙃Me, just now
Shakespeare wrote in Modern English which we can read well enough. Old English on the other hand is hardly recognizable as the root of our mother tongue. I’ve been learning OE for a while. Here’s a small taste.
Ƿiþ ſƿiþe moniᵹe biterneſse is ᵹemenᵹed ſio ſƿetnes þiſse ƿorulde.Old English Boethius, chapter XI
In modern letters, it would read With swithe monige biternesse is gemenged sio swetnes thisse worlde, in Modern English With much bitterness is mingled the sweentess of this world.
Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it, so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late; the jest is over, and the tale hath had its effect: like a man, who hath thought of a good repartee when the discourse is changed, or the company parted; or like a physician, who hath found out an infallible medicine, after the patient is dead. (Jonathan Swift, The Examiner No. XIV, 1710-11-09)