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Caedmon's Hymn

Caedmon (c. 657-681)

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Summary

Cædmon was an Anglo-Saxon herdsman attached to the double monastery of Streonæshalch (657–681). Originally ignorant of the art of song, Cædmon learned to compose one night in the course of a dream. Cædmon’s only known surviving work is Cædmon’s Hymn, the nine-line alliterative vernacular praise poem in honour of the Christian god he supposedly learned to sing in his initial dream. The poem is one of the earliest attested examples of Old English and is one of three candidates for the earliest attested example of Old English poetry. It is also one of the earliest recorded examples of sustained poetry in a Germanic language.

Reviews

Philip Trivett

- What have we lost?

Okay, I am English, of Norman descent, and perhaps a bit bias. But I do think English is one of the most amazing languages in the world. Yet I do wish we kept some of our Old English words and phrases. Listening to this is truly an example of how rich a language English is and from what a bueatiful hereitage it came from.

Philip Trivett

- What have we lost?

Okay, I am English, of Norman descent, and perhaps a bit bias. But I do think English is one of the most amazing languages in the world. Yet I do wish we kept some of our Old English words and phrases. Listening to this is truly an example of how rich a language English is and from what a bueatiful hereitage it came from.

Wendy

- Thanks

I love the sound of Old English. Thank you for reading it!

Michael

- Wow

I have no idea what she's saying but this sure is funny to listen to!