Lines 18–32 of the Old English Advent, formerly known as Christ I, have suffered severely from the overflow of a mug of beer, or perhaps cider, that someone set down on the first extant page (8r) of the Exeter Book. Efforts to recover the readings of this passage have taxed the eyes and ingenuity of a number of scholars since 1830, when N. F. S. Grundtvig made the first transcription of the entire volume. A greatly improved text, the first and last to be based on freshly available photographic evidence in addition to renewed examination of the manuscript itself, was included by G. P. Krapp and E. V. K. Dobbie in their edition of the Exeter Book in 1936; but inherited misreadings have not been entirely eliminated either from this or from the slightly improved texts that have appeared since that date. The present article was prompted by a desire to correct a small but disturbing error that was first observed by S. K. Das, whose able exposition of it, published in 1937, has been overlooked by everyone who has had occasion to edit the poem since that time. But some other improved, partly conjectural readings in the same passage, though published, have not been adequately explained, and a fresh study of the manuscript together with the best photographic evidence has revealed some small inaccuracies that have remained unnoticed in all our texts. Thus what was originally conceived as a brief note has grown into something more complicated, involving a number of readings and a sketch of the slow process by which several generations of scholars have approached, little by little, a complete recovery of the passage as it stood before it was so nearly obliterated.