Cædmon’s Hymn is the oldest recorded poem written in Old English. Originally composed by the illiterate cow-herder Cædmon sometime between 658-680, the hymn was intended to be sung from memory. Later it was preserved by others in various different manuscripts.
Now we must praise to the skies, the Keeper of the
The might of the Measurer, all he has in mind,
The work of the Father of Glory, of all manner of marvel,
Our eternal Master, the main mover.
It was he who first summoned up, on our behalf,
Heaven as a roof, the holy Maker.
Then this middle-earth, the Watcher over humankind,
Our eternal Master, would later assign
The precinct of men, the Lord Almighty.