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

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3b*1a A pathway with stone
640 2a1a(i) paving guided
3b1a the marching men.
3b1a Their mailcoats gleamed,
3f1b and the hard rings
+2a1a(i) of handlocked iron
+2a1a(i) sang noisy war-songs
2b1b as they neared the hall
3f1b for the first time
2b1b in their fierce array.
2a1a(iii) Sea-weary sailors
650 2b1a unslung their shields
+2a1a(i) and leaned them slanting
3f1c against the long wall.
2a1a(i) Mailcoats rustled
+1d1 as men wearily
1a1b(i) sank onto benches,
2c1b while their slim spear-shafts
1a1a(i) still stood upright,
+1a1a(i) a stand of ash-trees
2b1- grey on top.
660 2c1a Those good weapons
++1a*1b were an honor to their owners.
+2a1a(iii) An eagle-eyed sentry
+1a1b(i) who stood in the doorway
2a1a(iii) studied them closely.
+1a*1b "What country do you come from
3f1b with your curved shields,
2c1a your meshed war-shirts
d1a and mask-helmets,
3b1a your iron spears?
670 1a1b(i) I am the herald
+2a1a(i) of noble Hrothgar.
3b1b I have never seen
2b1a so bold or brave
+1a1a(ii) a band of foreigners,
2c1c so it is less likely
3b1c that you are landless strays
+1a*2a(ii) than valiant adventurers
3e*1 visiting my king."
2b2a The man of the Geats,
680 +3e1 the mariners' chief,
3e*1 presently replied
2b2b in the pride of his youth:
3b*1b "In our homeland we sit
+2a1a(iii) at Hygelac's table,
1a1b(i) next to our master.
+1a1a(ii) My name is Beowulf.
d1c If you are curious
++1a1a(i) why I came to Denmark,
3b*1b I would rather explain
690 3b*1a to Hrothgar himself,
3e1 Healfdene's son,
2c1b if the high war-king
+2a1a(i) will only grant us
d1a an audience."
+2a1a(i) The other answered,
+2a1a(iii) an eminent Wendel
2c1a whose name, Wulfgar,
2b2a was known among men
+1a1a(i) for truth and wisdom:
700 2c1b "I will tell Hrothgar
d1a my ring-giver,
1a*1b ruler of the Scyldings,
3b1c about your visit here,
2b1b will convey the news
e1b to my king
d1c as you request me to,
2b1c and will come back at once
+2e1b to bring you the reply
2c1a my dread master
710 1a1a(i) deigns to give you."
+1d1 He walked rapidly
3b1c to where the wise one sat,
3b1a immensely old
2b2b in the midst of his thanes;
2c1a he strode firmly
2b1c until he stood at last,
+1a1a(i) polite and proper,
2c1b in his lord's presence.
1a*1a(i) Wulfgar saluted
720 +1a*1a(i) the war-king of Denmark:
2a1a(i) "Mighty Hrothgar!
2b2- Men of the Geats
2b2a have come to our shores,
2e1a cruising the wide
1a1a(i) waste of waters.
3e1 Warriors call
+2a1a(ii) the leader Beowulf.
2c1a My lord Hrothgar!
3b*1a Their only desire
730 2c1b is to ask humbly
d1a to speak with you,
3b*1a O splendor of kings.
1a*1a(i) Do not deny them
3b1a their deepest wish!
d1b In their war-harness
3b*1b they are worthy, I think,
++1a*1a(i) of a prince's approval.
3b1b An impressive youth,
+1a*1a(i) a hero, has led them
740 2b2- here to our land."

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