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

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2e1b Hrothgar made a speech
1850 2b1b when he reached the hall
2b2a and stood on its steps,
2a1a(i) staring upward
3b1b at the golden roof
3b1a and Grendel's arm:
3f1b "Let us give thanks
2b1a to God our lord
++1a1a(i) for his might and mercy!
+1a1a(i) How much I suffered
3b*1a from Grendel! But God,
1860 +1a1a(i) the great Protector,
++1a*1a(i) can work wonder on wonder
+1a*1a(i) on wonder forever!
3f1c It is a long time
3f1b since I lost hope
+3e*1 that anyone on earth
3b*1a could ever assuage
+1a1a(i) my grief and anguish,
2c1b when this great building
2a1a(i) stood here empty
1870 2b1a and stained with blood
2b1b and my men were all
1a1a(i) unmanned by terror,
+1a*1a(i) my closest and wisest
3e*1 counselors and friends
2e1a truly perplexed
2b1c how to protect this hall
+1a1a(i) from ghouls and goblins.
+1a1a(i) With God's assistance
3b1a this foreign prince
1880 2b1b has performed a task
2b2a that we, with our deep
1a*1a(i) wisdom and cunning,
3b*1a attempted in vain.
+2a1a(i) Whatever woman
2b2a gave birth to this man
3b*1a of battles may say
3f1a with strict truth,
2b1c if she is still alive,
2b1b that the God of old
1890 2c1b showed her great honor
2b1b when she bore that child.
2a1a(iii) Beowulf! Henceforth
+1a1a(i) I aim to love you
3f1b as my own son!
2e1a Never forget
+1a1a(ii) this new relationship,
1a*1a(i) ablest of heroes!
2b1a Where I command,
d1c you will have everything
1900 3b*1b you could ever desire.
3b*1b I have often bestowed
2e1a armlets of gold
3b1a on lesser men
+1a1a(i) and less deserving,
2e1a weaker in war.
+1a*1a(i) With wisdom and valor
3b*1b you have brought it to pass
2c1b that your bright glory
+1a1a(i) will live forever.
1910 3f1b May the lord God
1a*1b favor and befriend you
3b1a in future years!"
+1a1a(i) The son of Ecgtheow
2e1a swiftly replied:
2b2b "I engaged in the fight
2b1a with great good will
2c1a and fought fiercely,
+1a1a(i) unfazed by Grendel
3b1b and his wicked strength.
1920 2b1a I wish, my lord,
2b2b you could look with your eyes
3b1b on his lifeless corpse,
1d1 stained horribly
2b1a with streams of blood!
+1a1b(i) My plan for the battle
3b1b was to pin him down
+1a1a(i) with bold embraces
2b1b on a bed of death,
2b1b where his life would ebb
1930 3e*1 loathsomely away
3b*1c unless the monster could find
+1a1b(i) some means of escaping.
1a1b(i) God did not give me
+1a1a(i) the grace to hold him,
2b1b for I failed to clutch
+2a1a(i) the fiendish creature
2e1a tightly enough,
3f1c and he was too quick
2e1b lunging from my grasp,
1940 2b1b though he left his hand
+1a1b(i) behind, in his headlong
2b2- haste, and his arm
3b1a and shoulder too.
d1b But the shade-stalker
2b1c could not prolong his life,
+1a*1a(i) his lethal existence,
+1a1a(ii) by such a sacrifice
3f1b and has since died,
2b1- crushed by sins
1950 +1a1a(i) and clasped in hell-chains,
2b2a compelled to submit
+2a1a(i) to painful bondage,
3b*1a to fetters of flame,
2b1a befouled with crimes
3b*1a and dreading the great
1a1a(i) day of judgment,
+1a1a(i) when God will justly
1a*1a(i) give him his wages."
2e1a Unferth the son
1960 +1a*1a(i) of Ecglaf was silent,
2e1a much less inclined
3b1a to mocking speech
+1a1b(i) when, thanks to the hero,
+1a1a(i) the thanes of Hrothgar
2c1b saw the huge trophy
+2a1a(i) on Heorot's gable,
+2a1a(i) the fiend-like talon.
d1a The fingertips
3b1b of the heathen foe's
1970 3e1 horrible claw
e1b were like nails,
3b1b like enormous spikes
3b*1a of iron or steel,
+3e*1 and everyone agreed
2c1a that no weapon
2b2- known among men,
3b*1a no matter how sharp,
2b1b could have made a wound
++1d1 on that hand hanging there,
1980 2e1a horrid with gore.

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