Caedmon's Hymn (Stuart Moffatt)
- Editor: Stuart Moffatt (submitted 2022-07-02). Score information: A4, 3 pages, 275 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: The text in these files has been modified from that which is printed below to make it easier, one hopes, for contemporary chorists.
First published: 2004
Description: See Peter Bird 's notes for further information about this hymn. It is much fuller than I can provide.
Sweet's Anglo Saxon Reader (1954 edition) tells us on page 166 that four copies of this hymn in the Northumbrian dialect are known but provides transcriptions of only two of them. The one below is that provided on page 166. The Old English text provided by our colleague, I presume, is a third example of this ancient text.
Original text and translations
Old English text
Nu scylun hergan hefaenricæs Uard,
Now shall we praise heaven’s Guardian