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Posted By: Helen
17-Oct-18 - 07:09 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Caedmon's Hymn
Subject: RE: Origins: Caedmon's Hymn
Firstly, I studied Anglo Saxon 40 years ago, so most of the brain cells which were in use then have slowly melted away, along with my memory. I'm very rusty at it.

I think the two verses are the same but with different spelling choices. The verse may have been written down by two different scribes with different ideas of how to spell the Anglo Saxon words, but also there are a couple of alpha characters which are not shown in either version.

In Sweet's Anglo Saxon Reader in Prose & Verse, the note for Caedmon's Hymn says there are four copies of the hymn in a Northumbrian form. West-Saxon form is also mentioned so I think they might be variations relating to differences in dialect. The first verse quoted by D the G is from the Moore manuscript and the second one is from the Leningrad manuscript.

A bit confusing.

This bit is in Latin:

primo cantauit Cędmon istud carmen, which is translated as Caedmon first sang this song, so it is an editor's note.