Anglo Saxon History

Battle of Brunanburh

in Old English – Ne wearð wæl mare on þis eiglande æfre gieta folces gefylled beforan þissum sweordes ecgum, þæs þe us secgað bec, ealde uðwitan, siþþan eastan hider Engle and Seaxe up becoman, ofer brad brimu Brytene sohtan, wlance wigsmiþas, Wealas ofercoman, eorlas arhwate eard begeatan.

Battle of Brunanburh, a battle fought in 937 between an English army and a combined army of Scots, Vikings, and Britons.  Never, before this, were more men in this island slain by the sword’s edge as books and aged sages confirm since Angles and Saxons sailed here from the east, sought the Britons over the wide seas, since those warsmiths hammered the Welsh and earls, eager for glory, overran the land.

Cædmon’s Hymn

In Old English and translated to Modern English

nu scylun hergan hefaenricaes uard metudæs maecti end his modgidanc uerc uuldurfadur swe he uundra gihwaes eci dryctin or astelidæ he aerist scop aelda barnum heben til hrofe haleg scepen. tha middungeard moncynnæs uard eci dryctin æfter tiadæ firum foldu frea allmectig

Now [we] must honour the guardian of heaven, the might of the architect, and his purpose, the work of the father of glory — as he, the eternal lord, established the beginning of wonders. He, the holy creator, first created heaven as a roof for the children of men. Then the guardian of mankind the eternal lord, the Lord almighty afterwards appointed the middle earth, the lands, for men.

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Cædmon is the earliest English poet whose name is known. An Anglo-Saxon herdsman attached to the double monastery of Streonæshalch (Whitby Abbey) during the abbacy ((657–80) of St. Hilda (614–680), he was originally ignorant of “the art of song” but learned to compose one night in the course of a dream.

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Published on July 30, 2011 at 3:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

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