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

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3b1a In later years
+1a1b(i) he lived to see vengeance
3b1b for his kinsman's death;
2b1b he became a friend
+1a*1a(i) to Eadgils, the other
+3e1 of Ohthere's sons,
3b*1b and supported his play
+1a*1a(i) for power in Sweden
+3e1 with vigorous aid,
4790 +2a1a(i) avenging Heardred
+1d1 on cold battlefields
+2a1a(ii) and killing Onela.
+1a*1a(ii) Consistently successful,
+1a1a(i) the son of Ecgtheow
2c1b had survived every
3e1 violent clash
+1a1a(i) and fierce encounter
3b1c until the fatal day
2b1b when he went to fight
4800 2c1a that winged dragon.
1a*1a(i) Burning with anger,
3e*1 Beowulf set out
3b1b with eleven men
+1a1b(i) to look for the monster.
2b1c He had been told by now
3b*1b how the trouble began,
2c1a the grim grievance:
3b1a the guilty cup
2b2a had come to his hands
4810 3b2b from the cowardly wretch
+1a1a(i) whose stealth and terror
+2a1a(ii) had started everything,
2b1b and the thief himself
3b1b was the thirteenth man
2c1b in that picked war-band,
+3e1 a prisoner, forced
+1a1a(i) against his wishes
+1a1a(i) to guide their footsteps.
+1d1 He soon recognized
4820 +3e1 the sinister mound,
2c1a the huge barrow
2b2- hard by the shore
3b1b of the surging sea;
2b2a inside was a hoard
+1a1a(i) of gems and jewels
2a1a(iii) jealously guarded
2c1b by the old serpent,
3e1 angrily coiled
+1a1a(i) beneath its earth-wall.
4830 3f1b It was no task
3b1b for a timid man,
3b*1a obtaining that gold!
2b1- Bowed with age,
3e1 Beowulf sat
2c1b on the sad headland
2b1a and said goodbye
d1b to his hall-comrades.
+1a1b(i) His heart was uneasy
d1a and doom-laden,
4840 2b2- death very near
2b1b that would end the days
2c1b of the old ruler,
2e1a ransack his soul's
1a*1a(i) ring-hoard and sunder
1a1a(i) life and body;
3b1b in a little while
2c1a the king's spirit
2b1a would quit his flesh.
+1a1a(i) The son of Ecgtheow
4850 1a1c said to his companions:
2b2b "I survived, in my youth,
2e1a volleys of spears,
2a1a(i) many battles;
3b*1b I remember them all.
a1c When I was seven
+2a1a(i) my sovereign took me
+1a*1a(i) from Ecgtheow my father
2c1c into his own household.
1a1a(i) Good king Hrethel
4860 1a*1a(i) guided and loved me,
3b1b gave me handsome gifts
++1a1a(i) and upheld our kinship.
3b1b Though a callow lad
++1a1a(i) at his court, I never
+2a1a(iii) had any less honor
2c1b than his own children,
1a*1a(ii) Herebeald and Hæthcyn---
+3e*1 or Hygelac my lord.
+2a1a(ii) The eldest, Herebeald,
4870 3b1b met an early death
+1a1b(i) through dark misadventure,
3b2b accidentally slain
+1a*1a(i) by Hæthcyn his brother,
+1a1a(i) who hit and killed him
3b1b with a badly aimed
1a1b(i) bolt from his hornbow:
+1a1a(i) he missed the target
+1a*1a(i) and murdered his kinsman,
+1a*1a(i) a brother his brother
4880 3b1b with a bloody dart.
+1a1b(i) The crime was committed
2b1c within the clan itself,
d1b unavengeable,
+2a1a(i) the victim dying
a1b unatoned for:
1a*1a(i) tragic for Hrethel,
2b2a whose plight was like that
2b1b of a poor old man
2b1b who must see his son
4890 1a1b(i) swing on the gallows,
2c1b and whose sole comfort
3b*1a is singing a dirge,
3b*1a a doleful lament,
2c1b while the dark raven
1a1b(i) gnaws at the body
d1b and he knows himself
2e1a helpless to help,
2e1a hampered by age.
3b1a When morning comes
4900 3b*1c he is reminded again
2b2b of the loss of his heir.
3b*1b He has little desire
+1a*1a(i) to father a second
+3e1 unfortunate child
2b1b in the world of men,
2b1b now that one, his first,
2b1c has been deprived of deeds
3b*1b by the power of death.
+1a1a(i) He looks with sorrow
4910 3b1b on his loved one's seat,
2c1a the waste wine-halls
3b1a and windswept courts,
1a*1a(i) silent and joyless;
2b2a they sleep in their graves,
+1a*1a(i) the horsemen, the heroes,
2b1b and the harp is still,
+3e*1 the revelry that once
2b2- rang round the walls.

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