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This poem is taken from PN Review 38, Volume 10 Number 6, May - June 1984.

Two Versions of Caedmon Clive Wilmer

'This is the sense but not the selfsame order of the words which he sang in his sleep: for songs, be they never so well made, cannot be turned of one tongue into another, word for word, without loss to their grace and worthiness.'
Bede's Ecclesiastical History

1 From the Latin

   Now ought we all to sing
   The author of what is -
To hymn his power, invoke his understanding,
   Rehearse his actions, praise him -
    Glorious Father:
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