On the head of the cross are inscribed the words, “caedmon made me.”
Cadman represents caedmon, the name of the poet-monk of Whitby.
caedmon refers to this jet, and at a later date it was used for rosary beads by the monks of Whitby Abbey.
caedmon entered "cum omnibus suis," which is generally taken to mean that his whole family were received with him.
caedmon, England's earliest poet, was watching his herd when the call came to sing.
And when caedmon saw the harp coming near him, he would get up, feeling ashamed, and go home to his house.
On the other hand we have seen that minstrelsy of some kind was cultivated even by peasants in caedmon's time.
And they were all sure that a divine gift had been bestowed on caedmon by God Himself.
It was his great reputation as a singer that made Hild seek caedmon and persuade him to join her community.
He dreamed a dream; and, in his dream, there came to him a voice: caedmon, sing me a song!