Line 9b - 10a

The text keeps the MS reading unemended but please note that the translations are translating various emended texts. As this text stands the translation should read "all those beautiful through eternity gazed there on the angel of the Lord". Various emendations have been suggested for this line which is metrically difficult and also presents interpretative problems. Whether Christ (or the Cross) can be called an "angel" has been disputed (see Bolton, 1968; Helder 1975; Pickford 1976; Boenig 1985). As the translations indicate many emendations of this line have angels hosts gazing at the cross/crucifixion. In Images: Romsey Church and Durham, Cathedral Library, A. II. 17 both show angels watching the crucifixion.