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Now you may seeplainly What kind of Lord it is who leads this host. I) Yea, a lord with the courage and the generosity of a Beowulf, the hero who attacked the devilish monster in hishole in the sea andovercameit, then, having become king, ascended the "gift-stool" and gave gold and rings to his faithful ones. 2) In these instances the figure of Christ was influenced by the conceptions which people had formed ofHisnaturaladversary. Butevenwhenall thought of conflict was wanting, even when the poet devoted his rhapsody to the Christ on the cross, He remained the hero, for Anglo-Saxon poetry knew man only as a hero.
They made Him then an earthly [dwelling, Hismen in His murderers' sight; they carved it from the [bright marble, And they set therein the Saviour ! They began to sing a sor[rowful song. Dreary in the evening dusk, then they would depart Fatigued, from the/amous prince. 2) A holder adaptation of foreign material to the national setting is not to be found in Anglo-Saxon poetry. 39-43. 60-69. 3 34 the hilderincas, the "battle-heroes", represented as a strife in which the young hero sinks down, weary to death, cut even the cross which is felled on the edge of the forest, dragged to the mountain, pierced with nails and arröws, and buried, has to suffer all these indignities at the hands of strange feondas, "strong enemies".
Glorious was that victory-tree, and I was guilty of crime, And polluted with sin. I saw the tree of glory Shining in gladness adorned with garments, Decked with gold: gems had Covered itfaithfully, that tree oftheforest. x) Then the cross speaks and teIls its adventures, a form which the author borrowed from the riddle poetry of those days. It was felled in the woods long ago, was dragged up themountain,andraised upright. There it saw the Lord of men hastening to ascend it with great courage: Then the young hero ungirded hirnself, that was God al[mighty, Strong and courageous.
Anglo-Saxon Christian Poetry: An Address by A. J. Barnouw (auth.)