Caedmon's Hymn Time Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
then middle-earth mankind's Guardian,
eternal Lord, afterwards made (7-8)
It's interesting to see the intersection of eternal with earthly time here. On the one hand, we have the relative, earthly time markers "then" and "afterwards," which date the historical creation of the earth. But in the middle we also have "eternal," an adjective applied to God, that reminds us that this dude has lived forever—no "first," "then," or "afterwards" for him.