Nu sculon herigean heofonrices Weard,
Meotodes meahte on his modgeðanc,
weorc Wuldorfæder, swa he wundra
ece Drihten, or
He ærest sceop eorþan bearnum
heofon to hrofe, halig Scyppend;
þa middangeard moncynnes Weard,
ece Drihten, æfter
firum foldan, Frea ælmihtig.
Now (we) should praise of the
kingdom of heaven the Warden,
Of the Creator the might, and his mind-thought
the work of the Gloryfather, just as he of wonders,
eternal Lord, created the beginning (of each).
He first created for the children of earth
Heaven as a roof, holy Shaper;
then Middle Earth mankind’s Warden,
eternal Lord, after created
for men the earth, Ruler almighty.