Caedmon

(600 - 670 / England)

Caedmon's Hymn - Poem by Caedmon

Nu scylun hergan hefaenricaes uard
metudæs maecti end his modgidanc
uerc uuldurfadur sue he uundra gihuaes
eci dryctin or astelidæ
he aerist scop aelda barnum
heben til hrofe haleg scepen.
tha middungeard moncynnæs uard
eci dryctin æfter tiadæ
firum foldu frea allmectigprimo cantauit Cædmon istud carmen.



Nu scilun herga hefenricæs uard
metudæs mehti and his modgithanc
uerc uuldurfadur sue he uundra gihuæs
eci dryctin or astelidæ.
he ærist scop ældu barnum
hefen to hrofæ halig sceppend
tha middingard moncynn&ealig; s uard
eci dryctin æfter tiadæ
firum foldu frea allmehtig





MODERN ENGLISH TRANSLATION


Now let me praise the keeper of Heaven's kingdom,
The might of the Creator, and his thought,
The work of the Father of glory, how each of wonders
The Eternal Lord established in the beginning.
He first created for the sons of men
Heaven as a roof, the holy Creator,
Then Middle-earth the keeper of mankind,
The Eternal Lord, afterwards made,
The earth for men, the Almighty Lord.



In the beginning Caedmon sang this poem.


Comments about Caedmon's Hymn by Caedmon

  • Gold Star - 5,675 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (9/14/2014 7:14:00 PM)

    very interesting biography...he is a new discovery as far as i'm concerned.. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Sarah Rosa (8/30/2006 3:52:00 AM)

    This translation is sorely incorrect as well as the form of the poem. Correction needed post haste! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

Poem Edited: Friday, March 9, 2012


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