New Catholic Dictionary – Caedmon


(Cedmon) (died c.670) English poet. According to Saint Bede, he was attached as a laborer to the double monastery of Whitby founded by Saint Hilda, 657, and was commanded in a vision to glorify God in hymns. He was thereupon urged by Hilda to take the Columban habit and entered the monastery as a lay brother. He put the history of the Old and New Testament into alliterative verses. Only one short Northumbrian hymn is now extant.

MLA Citation

  • “Caedmon”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 September 2012. Web. 17 January 2019. <>