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

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2b1c until his heart mounts up
3480 3b1a and haughty thoughts
1a*1a(i) quicken within him
3b1a and conscience sleeps,
2c1a the soul's sentry,
+2a1a(i) its slumber deepened
2b1b by banal routines.
1a*1a(i) Near him the Devil
1a1b(i) creeps with his quiver
+2a1a(i) of crooked arrows,
+1a1a(i) the warped suggestions
3490 3b1a of wicked fiends,
2b1c but he has lost his shield,
2b1b and at last he feels
3b*1a a shower of sharp
2b2- shafts in his heart.
2b2a The wealth and the lands
2b1a he once enjoyed
+3e1 seem cramped to him now
3b1b and he covets more;
2b1a he gives no gifts,
3500 2b1a he gives no thought
3b*1a to evils ahead,
d1a and all because
1a1a(i) God once gave him
+2a1a(i) some gaudy honors!
+1a1a(i) At last the body
2a1a(iii) lent to him briefly
2e1b ages and decays,
3b*1a and after its death
3b1a his heaped-up wealth
3510 d1b is inherited
2c1b by some spry youngster
+2a1a(ii) who spends it lavishly,
+1a*1a(i) refuses to hoard it
+1a1a(i) in fear and trembling.
2b2a So be on your guard,
3e*1 Beowulf my son,
3b1b and sincerely seek
2a1a(i) something better,
3b1a eternal gains!
3520 2b1a And turn from pride!
+1d1 O strong warrior,
2b2a prestige in the world
3b*1a is brilliant but brief;
2b2b in the blink of an eye
1a*2a(ii) illness or accident
2b1a will end your life,
3b1a or raging flames
+2a1a(i) or roaring waters
2b1b or the stroke of steel
3530 +2a1a(i) or streaking arrows
3b*1a or bitter old age;
3f1b or your bright eyes
+1a1a(i) will dim and darken
+1a1a(i) and Death, that even
2a1a(ii) stronger warrior,
3b1a will strike you down.
2c1b I have held Denmark
+1a1a(ii) for half a century,
1a*1a(i) guarded my people
3540 2c1a in grim battle
3b*1a with ash-spear and sword
3b1a from every foe
2b2a on earth, till I thought,
2b2b in the end, I had no
1d*1(ii) enemy anywhere
2e1a under the sun.
1a*1a(i) Cruel reversal
3e1 came to me here
2c1b in my own kingdom,
3550 3b1b when that ancient fiend
2e1a Grendel usurped
3b1a my gold-roofed throne,
3e1 bringing me years
3b1a of bitter grief
+3e*1 and thickening despair.
2b2- Thanks be to God,
+1a1b(i) the Lord everlasting,
2b2b I have lived long enough
2b2a to gaze at this grim
3560 3b1a and grisly head
2b1b with my old, old eyes
2b1b after all that strife!
1a1b(i) Sit in your seat now
3b*1a and savor the feast;
3b*1a tomorrow, my friend,
3b1a when morning comes,
2c1b we will share many
2a1a(i) shining treasures."
2b2a The prince of the Geats
3570 2b1a was pleased and strode
2b2a at once to his place
3b1b as the war-king asked.
+1a1a(i) And now another
+3e1 magnificent feast
+1a1a(i) was served in Heorot
3b1c to the assembled thanes.
2c1a They drank deeply,
++1a1a(i) and when dark enclosed them
2c1b like a huge helmet
3580 +3e1 the hearth-comrades rose.
2a1a(i) White-haired Hrothgar,
2c1a the wise monarch,
+1a1a(i) knew bed was waiting,
+3e1 and Beowulf too,
3b1a the noble Geat,
2b1b was in need of rest,
2b2a fatigued by the toils
+2e1b and travails of the day.
+1a1a(i) The way was shown him
3590 +1a1b(i) by one of the stewards,
+1a*1a(ii) a trustworthy retainer
3b*1b who attended to all
+1a1a(i) the wants and wishes
2a1a(iii) warrior sailors
2b1- used to know
2b1a in years gone by.
d1a The great-hearted
1a1a(i) guest slept soundly,
2c1a the long rafters
3600 1a*1a(i) looming above him,
2c1c until the black raven,
2e1a blinking with dew,
3e*1 heralded the dawn,
1a*1b happy and exultant.
+2a1a(i) As brightness gathered
2b1a the band of Geats
+2e1b were anxious to depart,
2a1a(iii) eagerly ready
+1a1b(i) to leave for their homeland;
3610 3b1a their leader, too,
2e1b fretted to return
3b1b to his far-off ship.
e1b He arranged
3b*1a for Hrunting's return
3b*1a to Unferth, the son
+2e1b of Ecglaf, gave him back
3b1a his precious sword
3b2b with appropriate thanks
2b2b for the loan of that old
3620 +2a1a(iii) reliable weapon,
+1a1a(i) that friend in combat;
2b2b he refrained, out of tact
+1a*1a(i) and wisdom, from faulting
+1a*1a(i) the weapon's performance.
+3e*1 His followers by now
3b1a were fully armed,
+2e1b impatient to depart.
2b2a The prince of the Geats,
+1a*1a(i) the pillar of Denmark,
3630 +1a1a(i) approached the high-seat
2b1a to bid goodbye
2b1b to the best of kings.

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