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.

Apparatus (Orthographic variants)

1a Nu] Ne N. 1a ƿe] -- T1 N O (Pre-Correction). 1a herigan sculon] sculon herigean T1 sculan herian O sceolon herian To sceolan herigean Ca sculon hergean N. 2a metodes] meotodes T1. 2a mihte] meahte T1. 2b ond] B1 T1 To O Ca. 2b modgeþanc] modgeþonc N O. 3a ƿeorc] ƿeoroda N ƿero O (Pre-Correction) ƿera O (Post-Correction) Ca. 3a ƿuldorgodes] ƿuldorfæder T1 N O Ca ƿulderfæder To. 3b ƿundra] ƿuldres Ca. 3b fela] gehƿæs T1 To O Ca geƿhƿæs N. 4a drihten] dryhten O. 4b ord] oord O (Post-Correction) or T1 N oor O (Pre-Correction) ær To. 4b astealde] onstealde T1 N O Ca. 5a ærest] ærost To æres Ca. 5a sceop] scop N gesceop O gescop Ca. 5b eorðan] eorþū N. 5b bearnum] bearnū T1 To N Ca. 6a hrofe] rofe Ca. 6b scyppend] scypend N drihten To. 7a þe] þa T1 To N Ca ða O. 7a middangeard] middongeard O middaneard To. 7b manncynnes] moncynnes T1 N O Ca mancynnes To. 8a drihten] drih Ca dryhten O. 8b æfter] æfť To Ca. 8b teode] eode N. 9a fyrum] firum T1 To O firū Ca finū N. 9a foldan] folda O (Pre-Correction).


[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.”