CAEDMON (Saint) (February 10) (7th century) A farm-servant at Whitby Abbey under the great Abbess, Saint Hilda, and later, one of the Lay-Brethren attached to the house. The little we know of him we owe to Venerable Bede. He was a man of singular simplicity, and of a piety such as to have merited to him a place among those popularly venerated as Saints. His memory is otherwise preserved as having probably been the first, or almost the first, among the Anglo-Saxons to write in verse. He confined himself exclusively to sacred subjects, and in particular put into verse the Books of Genesis and Exodus. The remains attributed to him undoubtedly reveal poetic genius. He died about A.D. 680.