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

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d1b It was manifest
++1a1a(i) that the man who hid them
2b2b had been crossed in his hope
+1a*1a(i) of keeping those riches
1a*1a(i) hidden forever;
6120 3b*1b now a hero had died,
1a1b(i) killed by a dragon,
2c1b before cold iron
1a1a(i) hushed its heartbeats.
2b1b It is hard to know
2b1b what will bring the end
2c1b of a brave chieftain
2b1a when all his hours
+1a1a(i) on earth are numbered,
+1a1a(i) his days of drinking
6130 2c1a with dear kinsmen.
2b2b It was so with the king
3b*1b when he sought out the worm,
+2a1a(i) the cruel dragon;
2b2b he was quite unaware
2b2b of the doom that would soon
+1a1a(i) bring death upon him.
3b1b For the heathen lords
+1a1a(i) who hid that treasure
+1a*1a(i) had cursed it, decreeing
6140 2b1c until the crack of doom
+2a1a(iii) that anyone aiming
+1a1a(i) to own those riches
++1a*1b would be punished without pity,
+1a*1b imprisoned among idols
+1a*1a(i) and fettered in hell-chains,
2b1c unless he first obtained
+3e1 the gold-granting grace
+1a1a(i) of God, the real
2e1a Owner of all
6150 2a1a(i) earthly treasure.
2e1a Wiglaf the son
3b1a of Weohstan spoke:
1a*1a(i) "Many must suffer
3e*1 misery, at times,
3b1c because of one man's will;
+1a1a(i) how well we know it!
2b1b We could not dissuade
3b2b our magnanimous king
+1d*1(i) by any arguments
6160 3b1a or any means
3b*1a from going to fight
d1a the gold-keeper,
2a1a(iii) letting it lie there
2b1c where it had lain for years
+3e*1 and occupy its mound
2b2c until the end of the world.
2b2a The doom was too strong
3b1a that drove him here,
++1a1b(i) and he held to his hero's
6170 1d1 high destiny.
+1a1b(i) The hoard has been opened
+3e1 at hideous cost!
2b2a I stood in its midst
+1a1b(i) and stared at the treasure,
3b*1a the glory of gold,
2b1b when I got the chance;
+3e*1 but venturing inside
2c1a that vast earth-hall
2c1b is a grim business,
6180 ++1a1a(i) so I grabbed a random
+2a1a(i) and hurried armful
3b1a of hoarded gold,
2e1b clasped it to my chest
+3e1 and carried it out
+1a1a(i) to show my master.
3b*1b He was shaken by pain
2c1a but still conscious
3b*1a and striving to speak,
+1a1a(i) though sick and dying.
6190 +1a1b(i) He said I should greet you
3b*1a and tell you to build
2c1a a tall grave-mound
+1a*1a(i) to cover his ashes
+1a1a(ii) and keep his memory
2b2a alive in our hearts;
2b2b for our lord was the best
3e*1 warrior on earth
3b2b and the worthiest king,
2b2a as long as he lived
6200 +1a1a(i) his life among us.
2b2a But now let us make
+2a1a(i) another journey
+1a1a(i) inside the barrow
+1a1a(i) to see those riches,
+2a1a(i) that golden treasure;
2b1b I will guide your steps
3b*1a and lead you to stacks
3b1a of lustrous gems,
1a1a(i) piles of jewels.
6210 ++1a1a(i) Let the pyre be ready
2b2b by the time we return
2b1b from our trip inside,
3b*1c so we may carry our dear
2e1a comrade and lord,
+2a1a(i) our worthy master,
2b2a to where he will rest
2c1b in the long keeping
3b1c of everlasting God."
3e*1 Sadly, then, the young
6220 1a1a(i) son of Weohstan,
+1d1 the bold warrior,
1a1b(i) bade his companions,
d1a a multitude
2b2a of men of the Geats,
2c1a to fetch firewood
2b1a from far and near
+3e1 for Beowulf's pyre.
+3e1 "Now blistering flames,"
2b2a he said, "must consume
6230 3b1a our sovereign lord,
3b1b who so often stood
3b1b in the iron storm
+1a1a(i) when swarms of missiles
1a1a(i) swept from bowstrings
2b2a and flew over shields,
3b1a while feathered shafts
2a1a(ii) followed arrowheads
++1a1a(i) and performed their duty."
2e1a Weeping, the son
6240 3b1a of Weohstan next
2a1a(i) summoned seven
2e1b soldiers from the host,
+3e*1 the worthiest he knew,
d1a and went with them,
2b2a the eighth in the group,
3b*1a to enter the mound;
2b2a he strode in the lead,
2e1a stalwart and bold,
3b1a a blazing torch
6250 2e1b burning in his hand.
2c1a It seemed needless
2b1b to decide by lot
1a1a(i) who should ransack
3b1a that heathen wealth,
2b1b when they saw no sign
3b*1b of the serpent and gold
2e1a covered the ground
3b*1c without its keeper in sight;
2b1b they had no regrets
6260 +2a1a(iii) when notable treasures
3b*1a were carried outside.
+1a1a(i) They kicked the dragon
a1c over the sea-cliff,
2c1b let the surf take it,
2b1a the flood enfold
+2a1a(i) that fatal hoard-guard.
+2a1a(i) Fantastic treasures
3b1a of twisted gold
2b2a were piled on a cart
6270 ++1a1a(i) and the prince, the white-haired
3e*1 warrior, was borne
2c1a to Whale Headland.

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