Anglo Saxon Poets: The High Roof of Heaven
translated by John Gallas
This anthology of Old English poetry brings together sacred texts from two of the great surviving Anglo-Saxon poetic codices: the Vercelli Book, including one of the most famous of medieval texts, the Vision of the Rood, and the Exeter Book, source of the Advent Lyrics, Riddles and Physiologus. The Venerable Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica gentis anglorum is the source for the only surviving work by the poet Cædmon.
John Gallas, has not simply translated these texts but has crafted beautiful and accessible contemporary poetry, retaining the half-line alliteration of Old English poetic structure, while transmitting the joy in God and exuberant imaginative style of the original authors.