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

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+1a*1a(i) She handed the hero
2c1a a huge beaker
+3e1 with liberal thanks,
2a1a(iii) lovingly gave him
2c1- two armlets
3b1a of twisted gold,
3b1a a gorgeous robe,
2390 2c1b and a great neck-ring,
1a1b(ii) one of the worthiest
2b1b ever worn on earth;
3b1b I have never known
+2a1a(i) a nobler treasure
2c1b under high heaven
+2a1a(i) since Hama carried
+1a1b(i) the torque of the Brosings,
1a*1a(i) twinkling with jewels,
2c1b to the fair stronghold,
2400 ++1a1a(i) when he fled the cunning
1a*2a(ii) evils of Eormenric
3b1a for endless gain.
2a1a(ii) Noble Hygelac,
+1a*1a(i) the nephew of Swerting,
1a1a(i) lost that neck-ring
2b1b on his last campaign,
3e1 rallying round
+2a1a(i) the royal standard,
+1a*1a(i) defending his plunder.
2410 1a1a(i) Fate had crossed him;
3e*1 arrogant and rash,
++1a1a(i) he had asked for trouble
+1a*1a(i) by raiding the Frisians,
2a1a(iii) recklessly taking
2c1a the ring with him
3b1c across the rolling sea.
+2a1a(i) He died there swinging
+3e1 his desperate shield,
2c1b and his grey mailcoat
2420 2c1b and that great neck-ring
1d1 fell afterward
3b1b into Frankish hands,
+3e*1 when warriors of less
2c1- worth plundered
+1a1a(i) the field where corpses
3b1b of defeated Geats
3b1a held lifeless sway.
2b1b There was loud applause
3b1a and Wealhtheow spoke
2430 3b1c before the waiting court:
1d1 "Dear Beowulf,
2e1a duly enjoy
2c1a these great treasures,
3b1a this gold-trimmed robe,
+2a1a(i) this precious collar.
2a1a(i) Prosper always,
3e*1 glorying in strength,
2b1a and give these boys
2c1a your wise counsel.
2440 +1a1a(i) Rewards will follow.
3b*1b You have brought it to pass
+1a*1a(i) that brave men will praise you
2b1- near and far,
1a1c now and in the future,
2c1c wherever wide headlands
+3e1 and windbeaten capes
2b2a are washed by the sea.
3e1 Warrior prince,
2b1b may your days be blest!
2450 2b2b From the depths of my heart
3b*1a I give you these gifts.
2b2a Be good to my boys
+1a1b(i) and act in their interest,
+2a1a(i) triumphant hero!
3e1 Everyone here
1a*1a(i) honors his comrades
2b1a and loves his lord
3b1b with a loyal heart;
+1a*1b the nation is united
2460 3b1b and its noble thanes
1d1 drink merrily
+1a1b(i) and do as I bid them."
2b2b She returned to her place.
+2a1a(ii) Intrepid warriors
+1a1a(i) drank wine and boasted;
+3e1 not one of them guessed
2b2a what fate had in store,
3b1a the fearful doom
3b1b that would drag them down
2470 3b1a when darkness fell
3b*1a and Hrothgar withdrew
3b1b to his royal couch
d1b to refresh himself,
2b2b while a force of his thanes
2b2a lay down in the hall
2b2c as they had done in the past,
1a*1a(i) piling their bedclothes
+1a*1b and pillows on the benches.
1a1b(i) One of that weary
2480 3e1 warrior band
3b*1a was destined and doomed
2b1a to die that night.
2e1a Lightly they hung
+3e1 their lindenwood shields
2b2- next to their heads,
2b1a and near the bench
+1d1 of each warrior
3b2b you could easily see
+2a1a(i) his boar-crest helmet,
2490 2c1a his bright mailcoat,
3b1a his ashwood spear;
3b*1b it was always the Danes'
1a1b(i) rule to be fully
1a*1a(i) ready for combat,
3b*1b both in peacetime at home
2b1c and on campaigns abroad,
3b*1a whenever their king
2e1a needed their help.
a1c They were a proper
2500 +3e1 and praiseworthy folk.

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