Cædmon’s Hymn

as collected by the Venerable Bede, translated from the Old English

Now must we praise heaven-kingdom’s guardian,
the measurer’s might and his mind-thoughts
the work of the Gloryfather, how he of each wonder,
Eternal Lord, established a beginning.
He first shaped for men’s sons
heaven as a roof, the Holy Shaper;
then middle-earth mankind’s guardian
Eternal Lord, afterward made
the earth for men, Lord Almighty.

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