Saint Hilda of Whitby lived between 614 and 680 AD… princess, Abbess, teacher, snake-charmer, a patron saint of learning and culture, protector of the herdsman poet Caedmon. Today is her feastday.
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 beginning of wonders
established, the eternal lord,
He first created for the children of men
heaven as a roof, the holy creator
Then the middle earth, the guardian of mankind
the eternal lord, afterwards appointed
the lands for men, the Lord almighty.