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

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3b1b The triumphant son
3b1a of Ecgtheow spoke:
1a1a(i) "Soul of Denmark!
1a1a(ii) Son of Healfdene!
3b*1b We deliver the spoils
3b1a you look on here,
2b2a our gage of success,
+1a1b(i) with great satisfaction.
3b1a I almost lost
3310 +2a1a(iii) the undersea duel:
++1a1a(i) it was neck or nothing,
+1a1b(i) and not without plenty
+2a1a(i) of fearful peril.
+1a1b(i) The fight would have ended
1a*1a(i) grimly---and swiftly---
+1a1c(i) if God had not stood by me!
+3e1 This excellent sword,
2a1a(i) Unferth'sHrunting,
3b*1b could not help me at all
3320 2c1b in that hard struggle,
d1c but the Omnipotent,
3b1a who never fails
+1a1a(i) to guide the friendless,
2a1a(i) gave me succor:
+1a1a(i) I saw an ancient
2c1- sword hanging
+2e1b beside me on the wall
3b*1a and seized it at once.
2e1a Later, when luck
3330 3b*1a allowed me, I smote
+1a1a(i) the two who lived there.
2e1a Torrents of hot
2a1a(iii) battle-blood blackened
2b2a the blade of my sword,
3e1 burning it up,
3b*1b but I bore off the hilt.
e1c I had avenged
+3e1 the violent deaths
3b1b of so many Danes
3340 +2a1a(iii) and meted out justice.
+1d*1(ii) I swear to you solemnly,
++1a1a(i) you can sleep in Heorot
3e1 safely now, you
2b1a yourself, your thanes,
+1a1a(i) and all the people
3b1b of your entire folk,
2e1a yeomen both old
+1a1a(i) and young; you need not
1a1a(i) dwell in daily
3350 2b2- dread of attack
+1a1b(i) and death from the quarter
2b1a you did before."
3b*1b There was joyful applause,
3b1b and the giant hilt
1a1b(i) passed from the peerless
1a1a(ii) prince of warriors
3b*1a to Hrothgar, the best
3b*1a of rulers; it passed
a1c into the keeping
3360 2b2b of the king of the Danes
3b*1b after demons had died,
2c1a that dread monster
2e1a Grendel, the foe
2b1a of God himself,
d1b and his murderous
2e1a mother; it passed
a1d into the possession
3b1d of the most exalted lord
3b1b of the present world,
3370 2b1a the prince of kings,
1d1 known everywhere
d1c in Scandinavia.
2a1a(i) Hrothgar studied
2c1a the rare treasure
d1a attentively;
3f1b it portrayed scenes
3b1b from that ancient war
3b1b when the angry flood
1a1a(i) swept from heaven
3380 +1a*1a(i) to slaughter the giants;
+2a1a(i) those rebels suffered,
2b1a that race estranged
+1a1a(i) from God almighty;
+1a*1a(i) he gave them their quittance,
2b2a the fate they deserved,
3b1b in those foaming waves.
+2a1a(i) Moreover, written
+2a1a(i) in runic symbols,
3b*1a in letters of gold
3390 2b2a inlaid in the shaft,
2b2b was the name of the smith
3b1b whose enormous skill
+1a1a(i) had wrought that weapon
3b*1b with its writhing designs
2b1- long ago.
2b1a At last the son
+3e1 of Healfdene spoke
++1a1a(i) and the hall fell silent:
2b1b "As a king who tries
3400 3b1b to encourage truth
+1a1a(i) among his people,
3b1c and who remembers days
1a1a(i) sunk in darkness,
+1a1a(ii) I say this warrior
+1a1a(i) was born a hero!
3e*1 Beowulf, my friend,
2b2a your fame has reached out
2c1a to far peoples,
1a1b(2a1a) men in remotest regions!
3410 a1e(1a1a) Because you have both might and wisdom,
1a*1a(1a*1a) fierceness in fighting and judgment,
a1d(1a1b) I am not afraid to support you
1a*1b(2a1a) fully with my friendly counsels.
a1b(1a*1a) In the future, I reckon,
2b1b you will be your land's
2e1a blessing and hope,
2b1a unlike our late
1d1 lord Heremod,
+1a1a(i) who brought no blessing
3420 3b1a but bloodshed, grief,
2e1a danger, and death
3b1b to the Danish race,
+1a1a(ii) the heirs of Ecgwela.
3b1b In his angry fits
+1a1a(i) he killed his comrades
+1a1a(ii) and close associates
2b1b until forced to flee
d1a his fatherland
2b1c and the delights of men,
3430 2c1b a forlorn exile.
++1a1a(i) Although God the giver
+3e1 had granted him strength
2c1b above all other
2a1a(ii) earthly champions,
3b1a a baneful crop
+3e1 of bloodthirsty thoughts
2b2a took root in his soul;
+1d1 morose, close-fisted,
+1d1 he grudged gift-giving
3440 2b1a to gain men's praise,
++1a1a(i) and both king and country
1a1b(i) came to disaster
+3e1 and long-lasting grief.
3e*1 Learn from this, my friend!
+2a1a(i) Be open handed!
2b1b For your own dear sake
3b*1a I tell you this tale.
3b1b It is truly strange
2c1c in what unlike portions
3450 +1a1a(i) the Lord of heaven,
+2a1a(iii) the absolute Owner
d1a of everything,
1d*1(ii) parcels out property,
1a*la(i) power, and wisdom.
2e1a Sometimes he lets
3b1b a successful man's
2a1a(i) fancy revel
2b1b in fulfilled desire,
2e1a lets him possess
3460 2b2b in the land of his birth
+1a1a(i) the pride and pleasure
+1a*1b of power over others,
++1a1b(i) gives him might and dominion,
2e1a making the world
+2e1b so subject to his will
2b2c that he himself never dreams
2c1b in his crass folly
2b2b it can come to an end.
+1a1b(i) He bathes in abundance,
3470 2c1b not a bit troubled
+1a1a(i) by age or illness;
2a1a(i) anxious worries
3b*1b do not darken his mind,
+3e1 nor dangerous threats
+1a1a(i) from spears, but all things
+1a1a(i) conspire to pamper
2b2a his needs, and he knows
3b1a of nothing worse,

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