Any Anthology about the history of the English language is gonna start with Bede. His “Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum” is of ridiculously historic importance, giving us names, dates, and places that would have otherwise been lost to the ravages of time. It’s also one of the first major works by an English author.
It is, however, incredibly dull and is known to wax on about church-related stuff I could honestly care less about. The Norton Anthology does us all a favor and excerpts only “The Story of Caedmon,” a little ditty about a devout Christian that wants to rock and roll all night and party every day.
I tried to draw a comic about it (something involving him pitching his music to a record company) but kept coming up empty. As such, you just get this single introduction to “Lit Brick” as a whole, as well as its fictional author, Molly, with a little potshot at Bede thrown in for good measure, because you can never throw enough little potshots at Bede.