A version of "BEOWULF"Peter H. Cole
Hwt, we gar-dena in geardagum,To slay a fiend 'e sailed the sea
eodcyninga rym gefrunon,an' won renown most mightily.
hu a elingas ellen fremedon!An' then 'e also killed its mum
oft Scyld Scefing sceaena reatum,when she come round to give 'im some.
monegum mgum meodosetla ofteah,
egsode eorlas, syanrest wear'E ruled awhile an' all were well
feasceaft funden; he s frofre gebad,but in the end (though sad to tell)
weox under wolcnum weormyndum ah,a dragon got 'im an' 'e died.
o t him ghwylc ymbsittendraSo that were that. At least 'e tried.
ofer hronrade hyran scolde,
gomban gyldan; t ws god cyning!
m eafera ws fter cenned
geong in geardum, one God sende
folce to frofre; fyrenearfe ongeat,
e hie r drugon aldorlease
lange hwile; him s Liffrea,
wuldres Wealdend woroldare forgeaf,
Beowulf ws breme --- bld wide sprang---
Scyldes eafera Scedelandum in.
Swa sceal geong guma gode gewyrcean,
fromum feohgiftumon fder bearme,
t hine on ylde eft gewunigen
wilgesias, onne wig cume,
leode gelsten; lofddum sceal
in mga gehwre man geeon.
Him a Scyld gewat to gescphwile
felahror feran on Frean wre;
hi hyne a tbron to brimes faroe,
swse gesias, swa he selfa bd,
endenwordum weold wine Scyldinga---
leof landfruma lange ahte.
r t hye stod hringedstefna
isig ond utfus, elingesfr;
aledon a leofne eoden,
beaga bryttan on bearm scipes,
mrne be mste. r ws madma fela
of feorwegum frtwa gelded;
ne hyrde ic cymlicor ceol gegyrwan
hildewpnum ond heaowdum,
billum ond byrnum;him on bearme lg
madma mnigo, a him mid scoldon
on flodes ht feor gewitan.
Nals hi hine lssan lacum teodan,
eodgestreonum, on a dydon,
e hine t frumsceafte for onsendon
nne ofer ye umborwesende.
a gyt hie him asetton segen gyldenne
heah ofer heafod, leton holm beran,
geafon on garsecg; him ws geomor sefa,
murnende mod. Men ne cunnon
secgan to soe, selerdende,
hle under heofenum, hwa m hlste onfeng.
I a ws on burgum Beowulf Scyldinga,
leof leodcyning longe rage
folcum gefrge --- fder ellor hwearf,
aldor of earde--- , o t him eft onwoc
heah Healfdene; heold enden lifde
gamol ond gureouw glde Scyldingas.
m feower bearn forgerimed
in worold wocun, weoroda rswan,
Heorogar ond Hrogar ond Halga til,
hyrde ic t . . . . . . ws Onelan cwen,
Heao-Scilfingas healsgebedda.
a ws Hrogare heresped gyfen,
wiges weormynd, t him his winemgas
georne hyrdon, o t seo geogo geweox,
magodriht micel. Him on mod bearn,
t healreced hatan wolde,
medorn micel men gewyrcean onne yldo bearn fre gefrunon, ond r on innan eall gedlan geongum ond ealdum, swylc him God sealde buton folcscare ond feorum gumena. a ic wide gefrgn weorc gebannan manigre mge geond isne middangeard, folcstede frtwan. Him on fyrste gelomp, dre mid yldum, t hit wear ealgearo, healrna mst; scop him Heort naman se e his wordes geweald wide hfde. He beot ne aleh, beagas dlde, sinc t symle. Sele hlifade, heah ond horngeap; heaowylma bad, laan liges; ne ws hit lenge a gen, t se ecghete aumsweorum, fter wlnie wcnan scolde. a se ellengst earfolice rage geolode, se e in ystrum bad, t he dogora gehwam dream gehyrde hludne in healle; r ws hearpan sweg, swutol sang scopes. Sgde se e cue frumsceaft fira feorran reccan, 92-113 cw t se lmihtiga eoran worhte, wlitebeorhtne wang, swa wter bebuge, gesette sigehreig sunnan ond monan leoman to leohte landbuendum, ond gefrtwade foldan sceatas leomum ond leafum, lif eac gesceop rynna gehwylcum ara e cwice hwyrfa.--- Swa a drihtguman dreamum lifdon, eadiglice, o t an ongan fyrene fremman feond on helle; ws se grimma gst Grendel haten, mre mearcstapa, se e moras heold, fen ond fsten; fifelcynnes eard wonsli wer weardode hwile, sian him Scyppend forscrifen hfde in Caines cynne--- one cwealm gewrc ece Drihten, s e he Abel slog; ne gefeah he re fhe, ac hehine feor forwrc, Metod for y mane mancynne fram. anon untydras ealle on wocon, eotenas ond ylfe ond orcneas, swylce gigantas, a wi Gode wunnon 114-134 lange rage; he him s lean forgeald. II Gewat a neosian, syan niht becom, hean huses, hu hit Hring-Dene fter beorege gebun hfdon. Fand a r inne elinga gedriht swefan fter symble; sorge ne cuon, wonsceaft wera. Wiht unhlo, grim ond grdig, gearo sona ws, reoc ond ree, ond on rste genam ritig egna; anon eft gewat hue hremig to ham faran, mid re wlfylle wica neosan. a ws on uhtan mid rdge Grendles gucrft gumum undyrne; a ws fter wiste wop up ahafen, micel morgensweg. Mre eoden, eling rgod, unblie st, olode ryswy egnsorge dreah, syan hie s laan last sceawedon, wergan gastes; ws t gewin to strang, la ond longsum! Ns hit lengra fyrst, 135-158 ac ymb ane niht eft gefremede morbeala mare, ond no mearn fore, fhe ond fyrene; ws to fst on am. a ws eafynde e him elles hwr gerumlicor rste sohte, bed fter burum, a him gebeacnod ws, gesgd solice sweotolan tacne healegnes hete; heold hyne syan fyr ond fstor se m feonde twand. Swa rixode ond wi rihte wan, ana wi eallum, o t idel stod husa selest. Ws seo hwil micel; twelf wintra tid torn geolode wine Scyldinga, weana gehwelcne, sidra sorga; foram secgum wear ylda bearnum, undyrne cu gyddum geomore, tte Grendel wan hwile wi Hrogar, hetenias wg, fyrene ond fhefela missera, singale sce; sibbe ne wolde wi manna hwone mgenes Deniga, feorhbealo feorran, fea ingian, ne r nnig witena wenan orfte beorhtre bote to banan folmum; 159-181 ac se glca ehtende ws, deorc deascua, dugue ond geogoe, seomade ond syrede; sinnihte heold mistige moras; men ne cunnon, hwyder helrunan hwyrftum scria. Swa fela fyrena feond mancynnes, atol angengea, oft gefremede, herdra hyna; Heorot eardode, sincfage sel sweartum nihtum;--- no he one gifstol gretan moste, maum for Metode, ne his myne wisse.--- t ws wrc micel wine Scyldinga, modes breca. Monig oft gest rice to rune; rd eahtedon, hwt swiferhum selest wre wi frgyrum to gefremmanne. Hwilum hie geheton t hrgtrafum wigweorunga, wordum bdon, t him gastbona geoce gefremede wi eodreaum. Swylc ws eaw hyra, henra hyht; helle gemundon in modsefan, Metod hie ne cuon, dda Demend, ne wiston hie Drihten God, 182-203 ne hie huru heofena Helm herian ne cuon, Wuldres Waldend. Wa bi m e sceal urh sline ni sawle bescufan in fyres fm, frofre ne wenan, wihte gewendan! Wel bi m e mot fter deadge Drihten secean ond to Fder fmum freoo wilnian! III Swa a mlceare maga Healfdenes singala sea; ne mihte snotor hle wean onwendan; ws t gewin to swy, la ond longsum, e on a leode becom, nydwracu nigrim, nihtbealwa mst. t fram ham gefrgn Higelaces egn, god mid Geatum, Grendles dda; se ws moncynnes mgenes strengest on m dge ysses lifes, ele ond eacen. Het him ylidan godne gegyrwan; cw, he gucyning ofer swanrade secean wolde, mrne eoden, a him ws manna earf. one sift him snotere ceorlas lythwon logon, eah he him leof wre; 204-228 hwetton higerofne, hl sceawedon. Hfde se goda Geata leoda cempan gecorone ara e he cenoste findan mihte; fiftyna sum sundwudu sohte, secg wisade, lagucrftig mon landgemyrcu. Fyrst for gewat; flota ws on yum, bat under beorge. Beornas gearwe on stefn stigon,--- streamas wundon, sund wi sande; secgas bron on bearm nacanbeorhte frtwe, gusearo geatolic; guman ut scufon, weras on wilsi, wudu bundenne. Gewat a ofer wgholm winde gefysed flota famiheals fugle gelicost, o t ymb antid ores dogores wundenstefna gewaden hfde, t a liende land ge sawon, brimclifu blican, beorgas steape, side snssas; a wssund liden, eoletes t ende. anon up hrae Wedera leode on wang stigon, swudu sldon,--- syrcan hyrsedon, gugewdo; Gode ancedon s e him ylade eae wurdon. 229-252 a of wealle geseah weard Scildinga, se e holmclifu healdan scolde, beran ofer bolcan beorhte randas, fyrdsearu fuslicu; hine fyrwyt brc modgehygdum, hwt a men wron. Gewat him a to waroe wicge ridan egn Hrogares, rymmum cwehte mgenwudu mundum, meelwordum frgn: 'Hwt syndon ge searohbbendra, byrnum werede, e us brontne ceol ofer lagustrte ldan cwomon, hider ofer holmas? Hwt, ic hwile ws endesta, gwearde heold, e on land Dena lara nnig mid scipherge scean ne meahte. No her culicor cuman ongunnon lindhbbende, ne ge leafnesword gufremmendra gearwe ne wisson, maga gemedu. Nfre ic maran geseah eorla ofer, eoran onne is eower sum, secg on searwum; nis t seldguma, wpnum geweorad, nfne him his wlite leoge, nlic ansyn. Nu ic eower sceal frumcyn witan, r ge fyr heonan, 253-257 leassceaweras, on land Dena furur feran. Nu ge feorbuend, mereliende, minne gehyra anfealdne geoht: ofost is selest to gecyanne, hwanan eowre cyme syndon.' 258-273 IIII Him se yldesta andswarode, werodes wisa, wordhord onleac: `We synt gumcynnes Geata leode ond Higelaces heorgeneatas. Ws min fder folcum gecyed, ele ordfruma, Ecgeow haten; gebad wintra worn, r he on weg hwurfe, gamol of geardum; hine gearwe geman witenawelhwylc wide geond eoran. We urh holdne hige hlaford inne, sunu Healfdenes secean cwomon, leodgebyrgean; wes u us larena god! Habba we to m mran micel rende Deniga frean; ne sceal r dyrne sum wesan, s ic wene. u wast, gif hit is swa we solice secgan hyrdon, 274-297 t mid Scyldingum sceaona ic nat hwylc, deogol ddhata deorcum nihtum eawe urh egsan uncune ni, hynu ond hrafyl . Ic s Hrogar mg urh rumne sefan rd gelran, hu he frod ond god feond oferswye--- gyf him edwenden fre scolde bealuwa bisigu bot eft cuman---, ond a cearwylmas colran wura; oe a syan earforage, reanyd ola, enden r wuna on heahstede husa selest.' Weard maelode, r on wicge st, ombeht unforht: `ghwres sceal scearp scyldwiga gescad witan, worda ond worca, se e wel ence. Ic t gehyre, t is is hold weorod frean Scyldinga. Gewita for beran wpen ond gewdu, iceow wisige; swylce ic maguegnas mine hate wi feonda gehwone flotan eowerne, niwtyrwydne nacan on sande arum healdan, o t eft byre ofer lagustreamas leofne mannan 298-319 wudu wundenhals to Wedermearce, godfremmendra swylcum gifee bi t one hilders hal gedige.' Gewiton him a feran,--- flota stille bad, seomode on sale sidfmed scip, oa ancre fst. Eoforlic scionon ofer hleorbergan gehroden golde, fah ond fyrheard,--- ferhwearde heold gumod grimmon. Guman onetton, sigon tsomne, o t hy sl timbred geatolic ond goldfah ongyton mihton; t ws foremrost foldbuendum receda under roderum, on m se rica bad; lixte se leoma ofer landa fela. Him a hildedeor hof modigra torht gethte, t hie him to mihton gegnum gangan; gubeorna sum wicg gewende, word fter cw: `Ml is me to feran; Fder alwalda mid arstafum eowic gehealde sia gesunde! Ic to s wille, wi wra werod wearde healdan.' 320-338 V Strt ws stanfah, stig wisode gumum tgdere. Gubyrnescan heard hondlocen, hringiren scir song in searwum, a hie to sele furum in hyra gryregeatwum gangan cwomon. Setton sme e side scyldas, rondas regnhearde wi s recedes weal; bugon a to bence,--- byrnan hringdon, gusearo gumena; garas stodon, smanna searo, samod tgdere, scholt ufan grg; ws se irenreat wpnum gewurad. a r wlonc hle oretmecgas fter elum frgn: `Hwanon ferigea ge ftte scyldas, grge syrcan ond grimhelmas, heresceafta heap? Ic eom Hrogares ar ond ombiht. Ne seah ic eleodige us manige men modiglicran. Wen' ic t ge for wlenco, nalles for wrcsium, ac for higerymmum Hrogar sohton.' 340-360 Hima ellenrof andswarode, wlanc Wedera leod, word fter sprc heard under helme: `We synt Higelaces beodgeneatas; Beowulf is min nama. Wille ic asecgan sunu Healfdenes, mrum eodne, min rende, aldre inum, gif he us geunnan wile, t we hine swa godne gretan moton.' Wulfgar maelode --- t ws Wendla leod, ws his modsefa manegumgecyed, wig ond wisdom--- : `Ic s wineDeniga, frean Scildinga frinan wille, beaga bryttan, swa u bena eart, eoden mrne, ymb inne si, ond e a andsware dre gecyan, e me se goda agifan ence.' Hwearf a hrdlice r Hrogar st eald ond anhar mid his eorla gedriht; eode ellenrof, t he for eaxlum gestod Deniga frean; cue he dugue eaw. Wulfgar maelode to his winedrihtne: 361-379 `Her syndon geferede, feorran cumene ofer geofenes begang Geata leode; one yldestan oretmecgas Beowulf nemna. Hy benan synt, t hie, eoden min,wi e moton wordum wrixlan; no u him wearne geteoh inra gegncwida, gldman Hroar! Hy on wiggetawum wyre incea eorla gehtlan; huru se aldor deah, se m heaorincum hider wisade.' VI Hrogar maelode, helm Scyldinga: 'Ic hine cue cnihtwesende; ws his ealdfder Ecgeo haten, m to ham forgeaf Hreel Geata angan dohtor; is his eaforan nu heard her cumen, sohte holdne wine. onne sgdon t sliende, a e gifsceattas Geata fyredon yder to ance, t he ritiges 380-401 manna mgencrft on his mundgripe heaorof hbbe. Hine halig God for arstafum us onsende, to West-Denum, s ic wen hbbe. wi Grendles gryre. Ic m godan sceal for his modrce madmas beodan. Beo u on ofeste, hat in gan seon sibbegedriht samod tgdere, gesaga him eac wordum. t hie sint wil cuman Deniga leodum.' a to dura eode widcu hle, word inne abead; `Eow het secgan sigedrihten min, aldor East-Dena, t he eowerelu can, ond ge him syndon ofer swylmas heardhicgende hider wilcuman. Nu ge moton gangan in eowrum gugetawum under heregriman Hrogar geseon; lta hildebord her onbidan, wudu wlsceaftas worda geinges.' Aras a se rica, ymb hine rinc manig, rylic egna heap ; sume r bidon, heaoreaf heoldon, swa him se hearda bebead. 402-422 Snyredon tsomne, a secg wisode, under Heorotes hrof; heaorinc eode, heard under helme, t he on heore gestod, Beowulf ma ---ode elon him byrne scan, searonet seowed smies orancum--- : `Ws u, Hrogar, hal! Ic eom Higelaces mg ond magoegn; hbbe ic mra fela ongunnen on geogoe. Me wear Grendles ing on minre eeltyrf undyrne cu; secga sliend, t s sele stande, reced selesta rinca gehwylcum idel ond unnyt, sian fenleoht under heofenes hador beholen weore. a me t gelrdon leode mine, a selestan, snotere ceorlas, eoden Hrogar, t ic e sohte, foran hie mgenes crft minne cuon; selfe ofersawon, a ic of searwum cwom, fah from feondum, r ic fife geband, yde eotena cyn, ond on yum slog niceras nihtes, nearoearfe dreah, wrc Wedera ni --- wean ahsodon---, 424-444 forgrandgramum; ond nu wi Grendel sceal, wi am aglcan ana gehegan ing wi yrse. Ic e nu a, brego Beorht-Dena, biddan wille, eodor Scyldinga, anre bene, t u me ne forwyrne, wigendra hleo, freowine folca, nu ic us feorran com, t ic mote ana ond minra eorla gedryht, es hearda heap, Heorot fl sian. Hbbe ic eac geahsod, t se glca for his wonhydum wpna ne recce; ic t onne forhicge, swa me Higelac sie, min mondrihten, modes blie, t ic sweord bere oe sidne scyld, geolorand to gue, ac ic mid grape sceal fon wi feonde ond ymb feorh sacan, la wi laum; r gelyfan sceal Dryhtnes dome se e hine dea nime. Wen' ic t he wille, gif he wealdan mot, in m gusele Geotena leode etan unforhte, swa he oft dyde, - and so on to line 2601

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