Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
 

Quotes

Quote #1

Now we must praise                    heaven-kingdom's Guardian,

In addition to drawing readers in to the action of praising, the "must" here might also reflect a religious commandment. In other words, it seems that praising God is a requirement for good medieval Christians.

Quote #2

He first created                     for men's sons
heaven as a roof (5-6)

Instead of delving into the intricacies of theology, Caedmon focuses on the scriptural basics: God made us a sky, hooray.

Quote #3

for men earth,                     Master almighty (9).

Again, instead of hymning about other things God has given to humans, such as religious law, guidelines for living a sinless life, etc., Caedmon sticks to the concrete: an earth to go under the sky.

Advertisement
Advertisement
back to top