[Old English] Caedmon. "Caedmon's Hymn"
Caedmon's Hymn by Caedmon (c. 657-681) C?dmon was an Anglo-Saxon herdsman attached to the double monastery of Streon?shalch (657--681). Originally ignorant of the art of song, C?dmon learned to compose one night in the course of a dream. C?dmon's only known surviving work is C?dmon's Hymn, the nine-line alliterative vernacular praise poem in honour of the Christian god he supposedly learned to sing in his initial dream. The poem is one of the earliest attested examples of Old English and is one of three candidates for the earliest attested example of Old English poetry. It is also one of the earliest recorded examples of sustained poetry in a Germanic language. (Summary from wikipedia)