B1 Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 41 (West-Saxon eorðan recension)

A critical edition of the scribal performance

Based on B1 with collations from Ca, N, O[1], T1, To.

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    Nu ƿe herigan sculon      heofonrices ƿeard,

    metodes mihte,      ond his modgeþanc,

    ƿeorc ƿuldorgodes      sƿa[2] he ƿundra fela,

    ece drihten,      ord astealde!

5     He ærest sceop      eorðan bearnum

    heofon to hrofe,      halig scyppend

    þe[3] middangeard,      manncynnes ƿeard,

    ece drihten,      æfter teode

    fyrum foldan,      frea ælmihtig.


[1]The scribe of O has altered his text considerably by correction (see above, Chapter 4: Manuscripts (O) and Chapter 7: Editorial introduction, West-Saxon eorðan recension). Pre- and post-correction forms are collated separately (where applicable) except in the All readings (parallel) apparatus.

[2]sƿa] Howlett suggests that sƿa may be intended as an adverb (“thus”) rather than a causal conjunction (“as, because”). For a discussion of the evidence, see above, § C.9. The punctuation here assumes sƿa is a conjunction.

[3]þe] þe is a relative pronoun, “who.”