Poetry, VOLUME 6

Caedmon – Caedmon’s Hymn [Poem]

Caedmon’s Hymn

CaedmonPRAISE we the Lord
Of the heavenly kingdom,
God’s power and wisdom,
The works of His hand;
As the Father of glory,
Eternal Lord,
Wrought the beginning
Of all His wonders!
Holy Creator!
Warden of men!
First, for a roof,
O’er the children of earth,
He stablished the heavens,
And founded the world,
And spread the dry land
For the living to dwell in.
Lord Everlasting!
Almighty God!


In the Anglican Church, today (Feb. 11) is the Feast of Caedmon, the first known poet in England.  Exact dates of his life are unknown, but suffice it to say that he lived in the latter half of the seventh century.

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