Cædmon's Hymn (Saint Petersburg Bede)

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Cædmon's Hymn  (c. 731) 
by Cædmon

From Saint Petersburg Bede, Saltykov-Schedrin Public Library MS. Q.v.I.18, fol. 107, from Elliott Van Kirk Dobbie, The Manuscripts of Cædmon's Hymn and Bede's Death Song (New York: Columbia University Press, 1937): 13, 17. PR 1613 D6 Robarts Library. Cf. "Northumbrian Fragments," edited by Henry Sweet, A Second Anglo-Saxon Reader: Archaic and Dialectal, 2nd edn., revised by T. F. Hoad (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978): 106. AD 746.

Nū scilun herga hefenrīcæs Uard,
Metudæs mehti end his mōdgithanc,
uerc Uuldurfadur, suē hē uundra gihuæs,
ēci Dryctin, ōr āstelidæ.
Hē ǣrist scōp aeldu barnum
heben tō hrōfæ, hālig Sceppend.
Thā middingard moncynnæs Uard,
ēci dryctin, æfter tīadæ
firum foldu, Frēa allmehtig.

This work was published before January 1, 1927, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.