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

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3e1 Beowulf strode
++1a1a(i) with his band of comrades
+1a1a(i) along the sand-hills
1a*1a(i) lining the seashore.
+1a1a(i) The sun shone brightly
3930 3b1b in the southern sky,
2e1b candle of the world.
3e*1 Quickening their pace,
+2a1a(i) they hastened onward
2c1b to the high stronghold,
2b2b where they learned that the young
2b2- lord of the Geats,
+3e1 the excellent king,
2a1a(iii) Ongentheow's slayer,
3b1a was holding court.
3940 3e*1 Hygelac was brought
+1a1b(i) the news of his noble
2e1a nephew's return,
+1a1b(i) was told that the youthful
+2e1b protector of his men,
+1d1 his brave followers,
2b1b had come back alive,
3e1 hurrying home
2b1a unharmed by war.
+1a*1a(i) He quickly gave orders
3950 +1a1a(i) to clear the benches
2c1b and make all ready
3b2b for the oncoming guests.
2a1a(ii) Valiant Beowulf,
+1a*1a(i) survivor of battles,
3b*1a saluted his lord
3b1a with loyal words,
3b*1a then seated himself
2b1a beside the king,
1a*1a(i) kinsman by kinsman.
3960 2b2a The queen of the Geats,
1a1a(i) Hygd, the daughter
3b1a of Hæreth, showed
3f1b her sincere love
3b1a by serving mead
3b*1b to the heroes in hall,
+3e*1 while Hygelac the king
+2a1a(iii) asked courteous questions
3b*1b of his comrade in arms,
3e*1 curious to know
3970 +1a1c the course of their adventures,
+1a1b(ii) what fates had befallen them
2c1b in their far travels:
2b2a "What deeds did you do,
+1d1 my dear Beowulf,
d1b when you suddenly
3b*1a decided to cross
2c1a the salt ocean
+1a1a(i) in search of battle,
1a*1a(i) slaughter at Heorot?
3980 d1c Did you successfully
2b1- find a cure
3b1b for the famous ills
+2a1a(i) of royal Hrothgar?
2b1b I was racked with fears,
+1a1a(i) alarmed and anxious;
+1d1 I lacked confidence
d1c in your ability;
+2a1a(ii) I begged you constantly
1a1b(i) not to encounter
3990 3b1b that pernicious fiend,
2b1b but to leave the Danes
+1a1a(i) alone to settle
+1a1b(i) their grudge against Grendel.
2b1a Now God be thanked
3b1b that I see you safe,
2a1a(ii) sitting next to me."
+1a1a(i) The son of Ecgtheow
2b2- said in reply:
2a1a(ii) "Noble Hygelac!
4000 2c1b It is no secret
a1d that there was a meeting
++1a1a(i) between me and Grendel,
d1c nor that his wickedness
3b2b met its well-deserved end
3b1b in the very place
2b1c where he had vexed the Danes
3b1b through so many years
+3e*1 of misery and grief.
2b1b I avenged them all,
4010 3b*1a those vicious attacks,
+1a1a(i) and none of Grendel's
3b1a obnoxious kin
2b1b will have cause to boast
2b1b of our clash by night,
1a1b(i) no, not the oldest
3b1b of the nasty brood,
2e1a filthy with sin!
2c1b When I first entered
2c1a that great gift-hall
4020 +2a1a(i) I greeted Hrothgar.
3e1 Healfdene's son
2b2- heard in my speech
+1a1a(i) both worth and wisdom,
2b2a the weight of my mind,
3b*1a and asked me to sit
2b1c between his own two sons.
3b*1a What numbers of thanes!
3b1b I have never seen,
3e*1 anywhere on earth,
4030 3b*1a such ample delight
3b1b of assembled men!
2e1a Sometimes the queen,
3b1a the people's pledge
2b1a of peace, poured mead,
3b*1a inspiring the young
3b2b inexperienced men
3b1b with exotic gifts
3b*1c before resuming her seat;
2a1a(i) sometimes Hrothgar's
4040 2a1a(i) slender daughter
+1a1a(i) would serve the older,
+1a*1a(i) more seasoned retainers
3f1b in the high hall;
+2a1a(i) I heard them call her
2a1a(ii) bonny Freawaru
3b*1b when she brought them their drink
3b*1a in goblets of gold.
2b1a This girl is pledged
3b*1a to Ingeld, the son
4050 +1a1a(i) and heir of Froda,
+3e1 the Heathobard king
3b2b so unhappily slain
2b2b in a clash with the Danes,
+2a1a(i) and canny Hrothgar
1a1b(i) means for that marriage
2b1a to mark the end
+1d1 of old enmities.
2e1b But even when a bride
+3e*1 is beautiful and young,
4060 3b1a the bloody spear
+2a1a(i) is rarely idle
3b*1b once a ruler is killed,
3b1b and when Ingeld walks
3b1b through that ancient hall
3b1b with his happy bride,
1a1a(i) he and every
3e1 Heathobard there
2b2a will hate and resent
3b1b her attendants: Danes,
4070 2b1b entertained like friends,
+1a*1a(i) but wearing familiar
1a*1a(i) weapons and jewels,
2a1a(i) well-known heirlooms
2b1b that had once belonged,
+1a1b(i) while hands could still hold them,
3b2b to the Heathobards' sires,

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