The beginning of Genesis in manuscript Junius 11, Bodleian Library, Oxford University. The initial U from the word "Us" shows a typical interlace pattern of serpentine figures in early Germanic art. Like all poetry in Anglo-Saxon manuscripts the verse is set up as a block without indication of line divisions. The opening verses are reminiscent of Cædmon Hymn (NAEL 1.24–25): "It is greatly right for us to praise the guardian of the heavens, the glory-king of hosts, with words, to love [him] with hearts."
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