Hr Hereford, Cathedral Library, P. 5. i[1]

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f. 116v, outer margin
Detail of Hymn on this manuscript page.
1Nu ƿe sceolan herıan hel{o}fon|
[2] ƿeard 2metudes[3] mıhte hıs|
modge þanc[4] 3ƿeorc ƿulder fæ|
sƿa he[5] 4ærest sceop eorðe|
bearnū 5heofon to hrofe· 6þa|
mıddan geard moncynnes|
ƿeard 7ece drıhtent efter[6]|
teode 8fyrū onfolden frea|
ælmıhtıg 9halıg scyppeod·|


[1]The [semi-]diplomatic transcription of Hr in Dobbie 1937 (41-42) is inconsistent in its representation of manuscript word spacing and division. The invariably insignificant differences have not been noted.

[2]hel{o}fon|rıces] First <o> written over what may be an <l> or the descender of some other character.

[3]metudes] <tu> shows flaking. Not mentioned by Judge 1934.

[4]modge þanc] <g> perhaps written over earlier character.

[5]he] Equivalent to “line 4” of CArms and Ld is missing at this point in Hr.

[6]drıhtent efter|] The <t> between drıhten and efter is presumably a misreading of the first part of the <æ> digraph in an exemplar reading æfter. See also drıntınc ef|ter (Di, 8a-b), where a similar error occurs.

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