Carmen rhythmicum

  • Latin
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Latin octosyllabic poem by Aldhelm, in which he describes a terrific storm that raged as he passed through Cornwall (Cornubia) on his way to Devon (Domnonia). It is addressed to a certain Lector, casses catholice / atque obses anthletice. The use of casses (helmet) and obses (hostage) has been interpreted as a reference to someone named Helmgisl. Lapidge suggests that Helmgisl may perhaps be identified with Hæmgisl, first abbot of Glastonbury.

AldhelmAldhelm (d. 709) – abbot of Malmesbury and later, bishop of Sherborne; known as an author of a number of elaborate Latin tracts in prose and in verse
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  • Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, MS 751
    f. 40r–40v
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Helmgisl [addressee of Aldhelm]Helmgisl ... addressee of Aldhelm
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 Cornwall  Devon


Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] Ehwald, Rudolf, Aldhelmi opera, MGH Scriptores. Auctores antiquissimi 15, Berlin: Weidmann, 1919.
Dmgh.de: <link>
[tr.] Lapidge, Michael, and James L. Rosier, Aldhelm: the poetic works, Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1985.
169–179, 259–263
Dennis Groenewegen
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