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Ringler, Dick / Beowulf: A New Translation for Oral Delivery (May 2005)

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3b1a Now Grendel came,
1420 2e1a gliding like mist
2c1c across the bleak moorland,
2e1a bearing God's wrath.
+2a1a(iii) The merciless monster
2b2- meant to ensnare
2c1- fresh victims
3b2b in the fear-stricken hall.
+1d1 He strode rapidly
3b1c beneath the starless sky
2c1c until at last Heorot
1430 1a1a(i) loomed before him,
2e1a gleaming with gold.
+2a1a(i) This greedy visit
2b2b to the home of the Danes
3b*1a was hardly his first,
e1d though before tonight
3b1b he had never found
2a1a(iii) hardier hall-thanes
3b1a or harder luck.
3b1a Now Grendel came,
1440 1a1a(i) grim and joyless,
3b1b to the entrance door.
+2a1a(i) Its iron, fire-forged
2c1- bolts shattered
3f1b at his bare touch.
1a*2a(ii) Raging and ravenous
2c1a he wrenched open
+1a1b(i) the mouth of the building
3b1b and his monstrous feet
1a1b(i) trod on its precious
1450 3e1 tile-covered floor;
3b1b in the eerie dark
2c1a his eyes darted
1a1a(i) rays of raging
2c1- red hellfire.
+1a1a(i) He saw before him
3b1b in the silent hall
+1a1a(i) a throng of youthful
1a1a(i) thanes and kinsmen
2e1b lying in their beds.
1460 2b2a He laughed in his heart
2c1b out of pure pleasure:
+1a1a(ii) he planned to separate
3b1a those sleeping men's
1a1b(i) souls from their bodies
1a1b(i) long before daybreak;
2c1a he looked forward
+2a1a(iii) to fabulous feasting.
+1a1b(i) But fate would forbid him
2c1a to eat people
1470 2e1a ever again
3f1b after that night,
+1a1a(ii) for there lay Hygelac's
2e1a kinsman, alert
+2a1a(iii) and carefully watching
d1b how the murderer
2b2- meant to proceed.
3b*1a The monster was not
1a*1a(i) minded to dawdle
+1d1 but swooped suddenly
1480 3b1b on a sleeping man;
3e*1 slobbering with greed
+2a1a(i) he slit him open,
2e1a guzzled the blood
2e1b gushing from his veins
3b1a and gulped down great
2e1a gobbets of flesh;
+3e1 he polished him off
3b1a completely, hands
+1a1a(i) and feet included.
1490 +1a1a(i) The fiend stepped closer,
1a*1a(i) stretching his stealthy
2a1a(i) steel-clawed fingers
2c1b toward a still figure
+1d1 who stirred suddenly
d1a and braced himself,
2c1b then sat bolt upright
2c1a and grabbed Grendel's
2a1a(1) groping forearm.
+1a*1a(i) The ruthless marauder
1500 3e*1 realized at once
3b1c that he had never met
3b1a another man
3e*1 anywhere on earth
3b1b with such awsome strength
2c1b in his ten fingers;
3b*1b but the terror that froze
2b2a his heart was of no
1a1b(i) help in escaping.
3e*1 Frightened now, he longed
1510 +1a1b(i) to flee to the darkness
3b1b of his devils' den;
+1a*1a(i) this dreadful encounter
3b*1a was nothing like those
2b1b he had known before!
3e*1 Beowulf recalled
3b1a his boasting words
+2a1a(i) at last night's banquet;
2b2a he leapt to his feet
2c1a and grasped Grendel
1520 2b1b in a grip of steel.
2a1a(i) Fingers shattered
3f1b as the fiend made
+1a1b(i) a lunge for the doorway,
2e1b longing to get clear;
+1a*1a(i) the ogre intended,
3b*1a if only he could,
2b2a to flee to the fens;
3b*1a his fingers, he knew,
2c1c were in his foe's power.
1530 3b1c It was a fateful trip
+2a1a(i) the twilight prowler
+1a*1a(i) had taken to Heorot!
3b*1a The crashes and cries
2e1b coming from the hall
2b1b filled the Danes with dread,
+1a1a(i) like draughts of bitter
3b1a and baleful beer.
1d1 Both combatants
+1a1a(i) were blind with fury.
1540 +2a1a(i) The building shuddered
d1d and it was a miracle
+2e1b it managed to survive,
3b*1a withstanding the shock
+1a1b(i) instead of collapsing,
e1e but it was reinforced
3b1a and firmly braced
2e1a outside and in
3b*1a with iron, the work
3b1a of master smiths,
1550 3b2b though the mead-benches trimmed
+1a1a(i) with gold were shattered
2c1b into glum wreckage
2b1b (I have heard it said)
3b1c during that hostile clash.
1a1b(i) How could the builders
+1a*1a(i) of Heorot imagine
3b1a that any man
3b1a by any means
d1a could damage it,
1560 +1a1a(ii) adorned with ivory,
+1a*2a(ii) could ravage and ruin it,
3b1b unless raging flames
+1d*1(i) should someday swallow it?
+1a1a(i) The sounds grew louder,
2a1a(ii) pulsing eerily;
2e1a panic and dread
2e1a harrowed the Danes
2b1a who heard the noise,
2c1a the wild wailing
1570 2b2b through the wall of the hall,
3b1a the ghastly screams
+1d1 of God's enemy,
+2a1a(i) the horrid captive
2c1a of hell keening,
2e1b howling in defeat,
1a1a(ii) held by Beowulf.
2b1a A man with more
1a1b(i) might was not living
3f1a in those days
1580 3f1a of this world.

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