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

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VII

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3b1a The peerless king
+1a1b(i) replied: "You have come here
2b1b to repay a debt
2c1a of past kindness.
1a1b(i) Once, in the country
3b*1b of the Wylfings, your sire
1d1 killed Heatholaf,
2e1b kindling such a feud
+2a1a(iii) that afterward even
920 2c1a his own people
2a1a(ii) dared not harbor him,
1a*1a(i) dreading reprisals.
+2a1a(i) An outcast, exiled
3f1b by his own Geats,
+1a1a(i) he fled to Denmark
+1a1a(i) to find asylum.
3b1b I was barely more
2b2b than a boy at the time,
3b*1b just beginning my reign
930 2c1b in this great kingdom;
+2a1a(i) my older brother,
2b2a the heir to the throne,
3e1 Healfdene's son
3e*1 Heorogar the prince,
3b1b a heroic youth,
+3e1 had recently died,
+2a1a(ii) an abler warrior
+1a1a(i) than I. I settled
3b1a your father's feud,
940 2a1a(i) freely sending
+2a1a(i) the Wylfings treasure
2c1c over the wide ocean.
+1a1a(i) I saved your father;
+1a*1a(i) he swore me allegiance.
a1b It is bitter
2b1c to be obliged to tell
3e*1 anyone on earth
3b1a what awful grief
1a*1a(i) Grendel has caused me
950 2c1b with his grim hate-thoughts
3b*1a and dreadful attacks.
2c1a My dear war-band
2e1a dwindled as fate
2e1a dashed them away
3b1b into Grendel's maw.
1a1b(i) God, if he wished it,
+3e1 could easily end
3b*1a this orgy of death.
3b*1a Emboldened by beer,
960 +1d1 my best warriors
+1d*1(i) would often, emptying
3b1a their ale-cups, vow
+1a1a(i) to wait for Grendel
2c1b and his wild onslaught
1a1b(i) here in the meadhall
2c1a with hard war-swords.
2b1c But when the light of dawn
2b1a at last appeared,
3b1a these spacious walls
970 3b*1b would be spattered with gore,
3b1a the bench-planks splashed
3b1a with bloody stains,
2c1a the floor dripping.
3b1a My faithful band
2b2a had shrunk once again,
2a1a(iii) shamefully butchered.
+1a1b(i) Now sit at the banquet
2b2a and say what you think;
2e1b tell us how you hope
980 +1a*1b to triumph over Grendel."
2e1a Benches were cleared
2c1b in the bright meadhall
d1b so the seafarers
+1a1a(i) could sit together;
1a1a(i) strong in spirit,
+2a1a(ii) those sturdy warriors
+1a1a(i) assumed their places.
+2a1a(ii) A servant presently
2e1a brought them embossed
990 2e1a beer-cups and poured
3f1a the sweet mead.
1a*1a(i) Sometimes the poet
3b1b with his ringing voice
+1a1a(ii) would rouse the company
+1a1a(i) of Danes and seamen
1a*1a(i) drinking together.

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