This is the oldest recorded English poem, possibly the oldest extant English text, dating to the seventh century. The language has changed somewhat 🙂 — here is one version of it in modern English.
Now let me praise the keeper of Heaven’s kingdom,
The might of the Creator, and his thought,
The work of the Father of glory, how each of wonders
The Eternal Lord established in the beginning.
He first created for the sons of men
Heaven as a roof, the holy Creator,
Then Middle-earth the keeper of mankind,
The Eternal Lord, afterwards made,
The earth for men, the Almighty Lord.
oops! lots of computer garbage on that entry. But loved the hymn text!
Sorry about that! Cleaned it up. Weird, because WordPress preview didn’t show any of it, and the proofreader didn’t catch it either. Oh, well, fixed now.:)