1] The English translation is modified from that in A Literary History of England, edited by Albert C. Baugh (New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1948): 44. Dobbie argues reasonably that the abbreviation in this line should be expanded as "there" rather than "them" (53).
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Original text: "Epistola Cuthberti de Obitu Bedae," in St. Gall MS. 254, p. 253, fol. 127, edited in Elliott Van Kirk Dobbie, The Manuscripts of Cædmon's Hymn and Bede's Death Song (New York: Columbia University Press, 1937): 51. Cf. Henry Sweet, "Northumbrian Fragments," A Second Anglo-Saxon Reader: Archaic and Dialectal, 2nd edn., revised by T. F. Hoad (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978): 106.
First publication date: 735
Publication date note: (9th cent. MS)
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/24
Form note: alliterative four-stress lines, where at least two of the four stressed words alliterate
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