Study Guide

Caedmon's Hymn Strength and Skill

By Caedmon

Strength and Skill

the Measurer's might                     and his mind-plans (2)

God uses his strength and skill to bring wonderful things into existence, like the earth and heavens.

the work of the Glory-Father,                     when he of wonders of every one,
eternal Lord,                                             the beginning established (3-4)

Single-handedly God invented every wonder of the universe. "Wonder" in particular emphasizes the ingenuity behind this spiritual act of creation, as if God is also something of a magician as well as, you know, God himself.

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

A roof isn't as cool as "wonders," but it still speaks well of those "mind-plans."

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