I’ve been hoping for an English translation of Bede’s earliest ‘scientific’ works On the Nature of Things and On Times for quite a while. A hat tip to David O’Mahony at Chronica Minora for letting me know that its out. I’ll be having some interesting reading in the coming days. In the meantime I will leave you with the poem Bede composed for the opening of On the Nature of Things.
In brief chapters, I, Bede, the servant of God,
Have lightly touched on the nature of things,
And on the broad ages of fleeting time, You who study the stars above,
Fix your mind’s gaze, I pray, on the light of everlasting day.