Line 1 Summary
Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.
Now we must praise heaven-kingdom's Guardian,
- Speaking in the first-person plural (technical term for "we"), the speaker in the hymn declares that it's time to get our praising on.
- God is the subject of this poetic awe and admiration, but he doesn't appear as just "God." Heck no. This line gets the metaphors going with "heaven-kingdom's Guardian." "Heaven-kingdom" is an example of a specific form of Anglo-Saxon compound word called a kenning (see more under "Imagery."). Keep your eyes open for more examples.
- And while you're at it: Mind the Gap! That cavernous space dividing the line in half is called a caesura, or pause, and it helps to organize each line's orderly system of stresses and alliteration (for more, see "Form and Meter").
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