Is this city famous across Britain’s realm,
of many steps founded, the stones without
wondrously have waxed. The Wear flows around it,
a river strong of wave, and therein dwell
myriad kind of fishes, mingled in the flood.
And there is grown up within a great fastness of wood
where dwell within the city many wild beasts—
in the deep dales deer innumerable.
Also in that city there is well-known among her sons,
the mercy-fast, the blessed Cuthbert, and the head of the pure king,
Oswald, Lion of the English,* and Bishop Aidan,
Eadberh and Eadfrith, worthy companions.
There is among them, Aethelwold the bishop
and the famous scholar Bede, and Basil the abbot,
that taught the virginal Cuthbert in his youth fervently,
and Cuthbert took well to his lessons —
There dwells among the blessed in that minster also
where many are worthied, just as the Book says to do —
in their company a man of God can await his glory.
* Could also be “shelter (hleo) of the English,” which is a variation on a fairly common epithet formula.