Old English (also called Anglo-Saxon) was an early form of the English language that existed in England some 1000 years ago. It was a Germanic language and was much influenced by Old Norse. Unlike modern English, Old English was a language rich with morphological diversity. It maintained several distinct cases, such as the dative, genitive and instrumental, which are only marginally marked today.
A sample of Old English can be found in the Beowulf article.
See also: Old English poetry