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Cædmon(kăd`mən), fl. 670, English poet. He was reputed by BedeBede, Saint
, or Baeda
(St. Bede the Venerable), 673?–735, English historian and Benedictine monk, Doctor of the Church, also called the Venerable Bede. He spent his whole life at the monasteries of Wearmouth (at Sunderland) and Jarrow and became probably the
..... Click the link for more information. to be the author of early English versions of various Old Testament stories. According to Bede, Cædmon was an ignorant herder who received his poetic powers through a vision. During his later years he became a lay brother in the abbey of Whitby. In 1655, Franciscus JuniusJunius, Franciscus,
1589–1677, French philologist; son of Franciscus Junius (1545–1602), French Huguenot theologian. The younger Franciscus Junius was born in Heidelberg and lived chiefly in Holland and England.
..... Click the link for more information. , a French scholar, published the text of several Old English poems, including "Exodus" and "Daniel," and ascribed them to Cædmon; modern scholars dispute this conclusion.
See E. V. K. Dobbie, Cædmon's Hymn and Bede's Death Song (1937); study by S. H. Gurteen (1896, repr. 1969).
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7th-century English religious poet supposed to have heard his verses in a dream. [Br. Lit.: Benét, 156]
(b. 671) earliest English Christian poet. [Br. Hist.: Grun]
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