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

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2e1a Heading for home
3b1b in their hand-linked mail,
1a1a(i) hale and happy,
+2a1a(i) the hardy war-band
+1a1b(i) arrived at the seashore.
3780 2a1a(i) Hrothgar's coastguard,
3b1b who had watched them come,
2e1a watched them depart,
3e1 hailing them now
++1a1a(i) with no hint of challenge
2c1c but with sincere friendship,
1a*1b saying, as he met them,
+1a1a(i) how warm and loving
+2e1b a welcome they would get,
+2a1a(i) triumphant heroes,
3790 2c1b from their own people!
3b1a The ring-beaked ship,
2b2a at rest on the sand,
+3e1 was hastily crammed
+1a*1a(i) with horses and war-gear,
1a*1a(i) mailcoats and helmets;
2c1a its mast towered
2c1b over rich treasures
3b1a from Hrothgar's hoard.
3e*1 Beowulf bestowed
3800 2c1b on the brave coastguard
3b1a a gold-chased sword
3b*1b that would give him prestige
2c1b and immense honor
d1b on the mead-benches
3b1a in coming years.
3b1b Then the curve-prowed ship
3f1b sought the deep sea
3b*1b and left Denmark behind,
1d1 sail fluttering
3810 2b2b as it swung from the yard,
2a1a(i) halyards straining,
2c1- hull creaking.
3b1a A spanking breeze
1a1a(i) sped the vessel
1a*1a(i) onward, the agile
2a1a(i) ocean courser
3b1a with tight-lashed strakes;
+1a1b(i) it tossed in the rollers
3e*1 restlessly, its prow
3820 1a1a(i) ringed with sea-foam,
2b1c until at last they saw
2b2a the land of the Geats,
2b1a the hills of home,
3b1b and their hurtling ship,
1a1b(i) cuffed by the sea-breeze,
2b2- crunched in the sand.
+2a1a(i) The harbor master
3b1b had been holding watch,
2e1b peering out to sea,
3830 2a1a(iii) patiently waiting
3b*1b for the heroes' return;
3b*1a he hurried at once
+1a*1a(i) to tether their sea-steed
2e1b tightly on the beach
+1a*1a(i) with cables and hawsers,
3b1b so the crashing surf
3b1b might not smash it loose
3b*1a and sweep it away.
2c1a The prince ordered
3840 +2a1a(i) the precious cargo
2b2b to be hauled from the hold.
2b2- Hard by the shore
2b2b was the hall of his lord,
3e*1 Hygelac the king,
+1a1a(i) the son of Hrethel,
+2a1a(i) who sat there feasting
3b1b with his noble friends
1a1b(i) next to the sea-wall.
+1d1 He lived splendidly
3850 3b1c at that palatial seat
+1a1a(i) with Hygd his consort,
2a1a(i) Hæreth's daughter,
3b1a a woman wise
+1a1a(i) and well accomplished
2b1a beyond her years;
+1a1a(i) though young in winters,
3b*1b she was gentle and just
+3e*1 and generous with gold,
2a1a(i) never grudging
3860 +3e1 magnificent gifts
3b1b to her loyal thanes,
+1d1 unlike Modthrytho,
+1d1 a queen infamous
2b2b for the crimes of her youth.
2b2a Except for her lord,
3b1b not a single thane,
3b*1a no matter how brave,
2b1a was man enough
2b2a to look on her face
3870 2b1b by the light of day;
2b1b if he did, he knew,
2c1- dread hand-forged
2e1a fetters would soon
+1a*1a(i) be fastened upon him,
+1a*1a(i) and swiftly thereafter,
3b*1c after his sudden arrest,
3b1a a deadly blow
3b2b from the damascened sword
2b2a would close his account.
3880 ++1a1a(i) But a queen should never,
d1a a peace-weaver,
+1a*1a(i) though peerless in beauty,
2b1a lay plots or scheme
2b1b to deprive a man
2b1a of life and light
2c1c for an alleged insult.
2c1- King Offa,
+1a*1a(i) the kinsman of Hemming,
2b2b put a stop to it all:
3890 3b1a the story told
a1c over the ale-cups
d1b is that afterward
2b2b she was free of such faults,
3b*1b when her father had once
3e1 married her off,
+1a1a(ii) admired and arrogant,
3b*1a to Offa, the young
+3e1 and eminent king,
2b1c and she had sailed the wide
3900 2b2- seas to his court
d1a to join him there.
2e1a Gentled and tamed,
2b2a she dwelt for the rest
2b2b of her days in the world
1a1b(i) loved by her people,
1a*1a(i) lauded for virtue,
3b*1a and deeply attached
2c1b to her dear husband,
++1a1b(i) who was hailed as a hero
3910 3b1b (I have heard it said)
3b*1a and highly esteemed
3f1b by the whole race
3b1a of earthly men;
3b*1a for Offa was known
2b1b to be free with gifts,
1a1a(i) fierce in battle,
2e1b honored and admired
2c1c among his own people
+3e1 and everywhere else.
3920 2e1a Eomer his son
3b1b was a hero too,
2a1a(i) Hemming's kinsman,
1a*1a(i) grandson of Garmund---
+1d1 a great warrior.

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