be-sencan, wk.v: to sink, plunge, submerge, drown. (“beh-sen-kan”)

Today is the Feast of St Clement. Read his story in my Wordhord Wednesday post on Patreon.

Further information from Kazutomo Karasawa’s The Old English Metrical Calendar (Menologium) (Cambridge, 2015):

þænne embe eahta niht / and feowerum   þætte fan Gode / besenctun on sægrund   sigefæstne wer, / on brime haran,   þe iu beorna fela / Clementes oft   clypiað to þearfe.

—The Old English Metrical Calendar (Menologium), lines 210b-214

Then it is after eight and four nights that people hostile to God drowned the victorious man on the seabed, in the grey sea, to whom many men often pray, in advance (of his feast), to Clement, as is needed.

—translation by K. Karasawa


Constantine and Methodius receiving the remains of Pope Clement I by the Black Sea. From The Menologion of Basil II (late 10th- or early 11th-century). Città del Vaticano, BAV, cod. Vat. gr. 1613, p. 204. []

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