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John Samuel Tieman: Caedmon’s Hymn

One evening, as the monks sang and played the harp, Caedmon slipped away. He knew no songs. Thus embarrassed, he spent the night sleeping with the animals. In his dream, “someone”, Bede says, approached Caedmon, and asked him to sing of the beginning of all things.

May 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Audio: Merry it is while summer lasts (1225 AD)

. Recorded by Ensemble Belladonna, “Miri it is while sumer ilast” is considered the oldest surviving secular English song. Unfortunately only one verse survives: Miri it is while sumer ilast … Continue reading

December 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Anonymous: Wynter Wakeneth Al My Care

Here is a lovely winter lyric (c. 1310) in its original Middle English spelling, followed by a modern English paraphrase. Wynter wakeneth al my care, Nou this leves waxeth bare; … Continue reading

January 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

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