Beowulf

Lines 1–300

Quotes Lines 1–300
1

Hail! We have heard tales sung of the Spear-Danes. The glory of their war-kings in days gone by, How princely nobles performed heroes’ deeds!

2

The men shoved off The well-bound vessel, for the much-sought voyage. The foamy-necked boat, most like a bird, Soared over the waves, made eager by wind—

3

Then was bold Hrothgar given battle-success, honor in warfare, so his comrades in combat followed him eagerly, until the youths grew to a great warrior band.

4

The men made haste, marching together, till they might see the timbered hall, grand and gold-adorned, the greatest of buildings among earth dwellers, of all under heaven.