|The Ruthwell Cross, early 8th c., |
carved with lines from a
Northumbrian version of this poem
Hwæt, ic swefna cyst secgan wylle,
hwæt me gemætte to midre nihte
siþþan reordberend reste wunedon.
þuhte me þæt ic gesawe syllicre treow
on lyft lædan leohte bewunden,
beama beorhtost. ….
(From The Vercelli Book, late 10th-c. West Saxon)
Although this has nothing to do specifically to do with the historical origins of the current feast [LINK], it seems appropriate….
"Lo! I will tell the dearest of dreams
That I dreamed in the midnight when mortal men
were slunk in slumber. Me-seemed I saw
A wondrous Tree towering in air,
Most shining of crosses compassed with light.