O Oxford, Corpus Christi College, 279, B (West-Saxon eorðan recension)[1]

A critical edition of the scribal performance

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

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    Nu \ƿe/ sculan herian      heofonrices ƿeard,

    metodes mihte,      ond his modgeþonc,

    ƿero{a} ƿuldorfæder      sƿa[2] he ƿundra gehƿæs,

    ece dryhten,      oór\d/ onstealde!

5     He ærest gesceop      eorðan bearnun{m}um

    heofon to hrofe,      halig scyppend;

    ða[3] middongeard      moncynnes ƿeard,

    ece dryhten,      æfter teodde,

    firum folda\n/,      frea ælmihtig.

Apparatus (All witness readings (analytic))

1a Nu \ƿe/] {([Nu\ƿe/ O Nuƿe B1 Nu ƿe To Nu ƿe| Ca])}{([Nu T1])([Ne N])}.

1a sculan herian] {([sculan herıan O][sculon herıgean T1][sceolon herıan To][sceolan herıgean Ca][sculon her gean N])}{([herıgan sculon| B1])}.

1b heofonrices] {([heofon|rıces O heofon|rıces T1 heofonrıces B1 heofonrıces To heofon rıces N heofon rıces Ca])}.

1b ƿeard] {([ƿeard O ƿeard T1 ƿeard B1 ƿeard· To ƿe:|ard N ƿeard Ca])}.

2a metodes] {([metodes O metodes B1 metodes To metodes N metodes Ca][meotodes T1])}.

2a mihte] {([mıhte O hte| B1 mıhte To mıhte· N mıhte Ca][meahte T1])}.

2b ond] {([Ond N][ O T1 B1 To Ca])}.

2b his] {([hıs O hıs T1 hıs B1 hıs To hıs N hıs Ca])}.

2b modgeþonc] {([mod ge þonc| O mod geþonc N][modgeþanc T1 mod ge þanc B1 mod|geþanc· To mod ge þanc· Ca])}.

3a ƿero{a}] {([ƿero{a} O ƿera| Ca])}{([ƿeorc| T1 ƿeorc B1 ƿeorc To])}{([ƿeoroda N])}.

3a ƿuldorfæder] {([ƿuldor fæder O ƿuldor fæder T1 ƿul:|dor fæder N ƿuldor fæder· Ca][ƿulder fæder To])}{([ƿuldor godes| B1])}.

3b sƿa] {([sƿa O sƿa T1 sƿa B1 sƿa To sƿa N sƿa Ca])}.

3b he] {([he O he T1 he B1 he To he N he Ca])}.

3b ƿundra] {([ƿundra O ƿundra T1 ƿund ra B1 ƿundra To ƿundra N])}{([ƿuldres Ca])}.

3b gehƿæs] {([ge hƿæs| O gehƿæs T1 gehƿæs· To ge hƿæs Ca])([geh{ƿ}hƿæs N])}{([fela B1])}.

4a ece] {([ece O ee{c}e T1 éce B1 ece To ece N ece Ca])}.

4a dryhten] {([dryhten O][adrihten T1 drıhten B1 drıhten To drıhten N drıhten· Ca])}.

4b oór\d/] {([oór\d/ O][ord| B1 ord Ca])}{([or T1 or| N])}{([ær| To])}.

4b onstealde] {([onstealde O on|stealde· T1 onstealde N onstealde Ca])}{([astealde B1 astealde· To])}.

5a He] {([he O he T1 he B1 He To he N he Ca])}.

5a ærest] {([ærest O ærest T1 ærest B1 ærest N][ærost To])([æres Ca])}.

5a gesceop] {([gesceop| O][ge|scóp Ca])}{([sceop T1 sceop B1 sceop· To][scop N])}.

5b eorðan] {([eorðan O eorðan T1 eorðan B1 eorðan To |e|orðan Ca])}{([eorþū N])}.

5b bearnun{m}um] {([bearnun{m}um{::} O bear|num B1][bearnū T1 bearnū To bearnū N bearnū Ca])}.

6a heofon] {([heofon O heofon T1 heofon B1 heofon To heofon N heofon Ca])}.

6a to] {([to O to T1 to B1 to To to N to Ca])}.

6a hrofe] {([hrofe O hrofe| T1 hrofe B1 hrofe· To hrofe| N])([rofe Ca])}.

6b halig] {([halıg| O halıg T1 halıg B1 halıg| To halıg N halıg Ca])}.

6b scyppend] {([scyppend O scyppend· T1 scyp|pend B1 scyppend· Ca][sc\y/pend· N])}{([drıhten· To])}.

7a ða] {([ða O][þa T1 þa To þa N þa Ca])}{([þe B1])}.

7a middongeard] {([mıddon geard O][mıddangeard T1 mıddan geard B1 mıddan geard N mıddan geard Ca][mıddan eard To])}.

7b moncynnes] {([moncynnes O moncynnes T1 moncynnes N mon|cynnes Ca][mann cynnes| B1][mancynnes To])}.

7b ƿeard] {([ƿeard| O ƿeard T1 ƿeard B1 ƿeard To ƿeard N ƿeard Ca])}.

8a ece] {([ece O ece| T1 éce B1 ece To ece| N ece Ca])}.

8a dryhten] {([dryhten O][drıhten T1 drıhten B1 drıhten To drıhten N][drıh Ca])}.

8b æfter] {([æfter O æfter T1 æfter B1 æfter N][æfť To æf Ca])}.

8b teodde] {([teod{:}de O teode T1 teode| B1 teode·| To][teode Ca])}{([eode N])}.

9a firum] {([fırum O n{r}um T1 fırum To][fırū Ca][fyrum B1])([fınū N])}.

9a folda\n/] {([folda\n/ O foldan T1 foldan B1 foldan· To foldan N foldan Ca])}.

9b frea] {([frea| O frea T1 frea B1 frea To frea N m{fr}ea Ca])}.

9b ælmihtig] {([ælmıhtıg· O ælmıhtıg· T1 ælmıhtıg| B1 ælmıhtıg·| To ælmıhtıg· N ælmıhtıg· Ca])}.


[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). This edition records information about additions and deletions in O in semi-diplomatic form.

[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]ða] ða can be construed as either a causal conjunction (“when”) or an adverb (“then”). While the reading has considerable effect on our understanding of the poem’s structure and theology (see above, § C.9, and esp. Blockley 1998, 20-26), neither reading can be ruled out conclusively. The punctuation in this edition follows that of most modern editions in treating ða as an adverb.