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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. I-17. 33 Fall to the lap of the earth, for I must stand/ast. J) Only after the death of Jesus, when the "noblernen" corne to take hirn down does it be nd over : They look then the almighty God, Lifted him down from the living torment; the warriors left [me standing, All wet with blood, and wounded with arrows, They laid Him down then, weary of limb, they left not His side, They regarded the Ruler ofheaven, and He rested there a [while, Tired after the mighty strife.
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.
3) Cf. Grein-Wülker, III, 95 tf. I) 2) 39 ing on the hearth, hut with the icy rain-storm without. The sparrow flies in through one door, tarries for a moment in the light and the warmth of the fire, and flies out again through the other into the winter-darkness whence it came. If this new teaching teIls us something certain of this darkness, let us follow it" I). That was the strength of Christendom. Howsoever rich in gifts, howsoever fortunate in the favour ofthe earthly master, for every one, even for the lord, thehourofexilemust come, and the shadow of its approach cast itself over festival and song of triumph.
Anglo-Saxon Christian Poetry: An Address by A. J. Barnouw (auth.)