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

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+3e*1 The followers of Finn
2250 2b1b whom the fight had spared
+1d1 returned bitterly
2b1a to towns and high
1a1b(i) halls throughout Frisia.
3b*1a But Hengest stayed on,
3b*1a remaining with Finn
d1a that murder-stained
+2a1a(i) unhappy winter,
2e1a homesick and filled
+1a1b(i) with pain, but unable
2260 3b*1a to put out to sea
3b1b in his ring-prowed ship:
3b*1b it was raging with storms
3b1a and winter winds,
2c1a its waves frozen
3f1b until next spring
2b1b should renew the world,
+2a1a(i) that noble season
3b1a that never failed
2b1b to appear to men
2270 3b1b at its proper time---
3b1a and does so still.
3b1a The dark days passed
2b1b and the earth turned green;
3b1a the exile's heart
2e1b thirsted to depart,
2b1b but his thoughts dwelt less
3b*1b on the voyage ahead
2b2c than on revenge and a grim
1a1b(i) end to the quarrel.
2280 3b2b In his innermost heart
+2a1a(i) he treasured hatred
3b2b for the treacherous foes
+1a1a(i) and longed for vengeance,
2b2a the law of the world,
1a*1a(i) itching for battle
2a1a(i) every morning
3b1b when he girded on
1d1 grey Hunlafing,
+2a1a(i) his trusty weapon,
2290 +2e1b the terror of the Jutes.
2b2a And so came the day
+1a1b(i) when swords drawn in anger
2b1b put an end to Finn
2c1b in his own meadhall,
+1a*1a(i) when Oslaf and Guthlaf
3e*1 openly complained
2b1c about the foul attack
+1a*1b that followed their arrival,
3b1c and about monstrous wrong.
2300 1a1b(i) Men were unable
2b1b to restrain their rage,
3b*1a and straightway the floor
3b*1a was flooded with blood,
2c1- Finn slaughtered,
2b2a the king in his court,
2c1b and his queen taken.
3b1b The elated Danes
2e1a loaded their ships
2c1b with the vast riches
2310 3b1b of the vanquished king,
1d1 hall furniture
3b1a and heaped-up gems,
2a1a(i) countless treasures.
+1a*1a(i) They carried the lady
3e1 Hildeburh home
3b1b in their heaving ships,
+1a1b(i) restored to her people.
+1a*1a(i) The story was finished;
+1a*1a(i) the poet fell silent
2320 ++1a1a(i) and applause resounded
2b2b amid cries of the feast.
3e1 Cupbearers poured
1a1a(i) wine from flagons
3b*1a and Wealhtheow strode forth,
1a*1b(2a1a) graceful in her golden necklace,
a1c(1a1a) to where the great co-rulers,
1a*1a(1a*1a) Hrothgar and Hrothulf, were sitting
a1b(2a1a) in unruptured friendship,
1a*1a(3a1) uncle and eminent nephew;
2330 a1c(1a*1a) and there sat Unferth the spokesman,
1a1b(1a1a) fast by the feet of Hrothgar,
a1c(1a1) for they had faith in Unferth,
2c1b in his great spirit,
a1c(1a*1a) though he had given no quarter
1a1a(1a1a) once, in war, to kinsmen.
a1b(1a*1a) And now Wealhtheow was speaking:
1a*1a(i) "Giver of treasure,
2c1a my great consort!
1a1a(i) Drain this beaker,
2340 1a1b(i) drink and be merry!
3b1a My splendid lord,
2b2- speak to these Geats
3b1a with friendly words,
++1a1a(i) as is fit and proper;
d1b and be liberal,
2e1b lavish with the goods
2b1b that you now possess
2b1a from near and far.
a1b They have told me
2350 2b2b you intend to adopt
+2e1b this hero as your son.
2e1b Heorot has been cleansed,
+3e1 our jubilant hall,
++1a1a(i) so enjoy good fortune
2b2a as long as you can;
+1a1a(i) but leave the kingdom
2c1b to your own children,
2b1a your heirs, when death
3e1 finally comes.
2360 ++1a1a(i) I have faith that Hrothulf,
+2a1a(i) your loyal nephew,
2b2a will look on our two
2e1a youngsters with love
+1a1a(i) if you, most gracious
2c1a and dread sovereign,
+1a1b(i) should die before he does.
2b2a I trust he will treat
2c1a our two children
+1a*1a(i) with mildness and mercy,
2370 d1a remembering
+1a1a(i) the warmth and kindness
2b2b with which we treated him
2b2a when he was himself
3b1a a helpless child."
2b1b She approached the place
3b1b where her princelings sat,
1a*1a(i) Hrethric and Hrothmund,
3b*1a around them a throng
3b1a of Danish youths
2380 +1a*1a(i) and, drinking between them
e1b on the bench,
3e*1 Beowulf the Geat.

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