Crist (Old English for Christ), is the title given to a triad of Old English religious poems in the Exeter Book comprising a total of 1664 lines and dealing with Christ's Advent, Ascension and Last Judgment. It was originally thought to be one piece completed by a single author, but the poem is now broken up into three parts:Christ I
(also Christ A
or Advent Lyrics
), a collection of twelve anonymous Old English poems dealing with Christ's Advent.
(also Christ B
), a poem written by the Anglo-Saxon poet Cynewulf on Christ's Ascension.
(also Christ C
), an anonymous poem on the Last Judgment.
It and Beowulf are the primary examples of Anglo-Saxon literature.