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

  • * Sunprincess * (1/19/2016 4:34:00 PM)

    .........an exceptional write...a wonderful praise for the creator ★ (Report) Reply

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  • Susan Williams (11/23/2015 2:44:00 PM)

    Went looking to see who Caedmon was- I had heard hid name before but that was all I remembered. Turns out that this Anglo-Saxon hymn about the Creation is the earliest surviving Old English poem.Its author, Caedmon, was an illiterate farmer who worked for a monastery and one day had a supernatural experience in his barn and given a calling to sing hymns. After a while he became a brother in a monastery, known for his religious songs. Whatever he learned of holy Scripture with the aid of interpreters, he quickly turned into the sweetest and most moving poetry in his own language says Bede. (Report) Reply

  • Maria Gonzalez (11/23/2015 1:45:00 PM)

    Beautiful.... Thank you (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (11/23/2015 12:15:00 PM)

    Nice prayer......I liked it. (Report) Reply

  • David Wood David Wood (11/23/2015 2:09:00 AM)

    His biography is interesting and his poem is much better that the work produced by many modern day poets. A worthy 10. (Report) Reply

  • .., Rahman .., Henry .., Rahman .., Henry (11/23/2015 2:08:00 AM)

    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. (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (7/9/2015 4:21:00 AM)

    pity I can't understand the original text..: ( (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • 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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