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THERE was hurry and hest in Heorot now for hands to bedeck it, and dense was the throng of men and women the wine-hall to cleanse, the guest-room to garnish. Gold-gay shone the hangings that were wove on the wall, and wonders many to delight each mortal that looks upon them. Though braced within by iron bands, that building bright was broken sorely; rent were its hinges; the roof alone held safe and sound, when, seared with crime, the fiendish foe his flight essayed, of life despairing.—No light thing that, the flight for safety,—essay it who will! Forced of fate, he shall find his way to the refuge ready for race of man, for soul-possessors, and sons of earth; and there his body on bed of death shall rest after revel. Arrived was the hour when to hall proceeded Healfdene’s son: the king himself would sit to banquet. Ne’er heard I of host in haughtier throng more graciously gathered round giver-of-rings! Bowed then to bench those bearers-of-glory, fain of the feasting. Featly received many a mead-cup the mighty-in-spirit, kinsmen who sat in the sumptuous hall, Hrothgar and Hrothulf. Heorot now was filled with friends; the folk of Scyldings ne’er yet had tried the traitor’s deed. To Beowulf gave the bairn of Healfdene a gold-wove banner, guerdon of triumph, broidered battle-flag, breastplate and helmet; and a splendid sword was seen of many borne to the brave one. Beowulf took cup in hall: for such costly gifts he suffered no shame in that soldier throng. For I heard of few heroes, in heartier mood, with four such gifts, so fashioned with gold, on the ale-bench honoring others thus! O’er the roof of the helmet high, a ridge, wound with wires, kept ward o’er the head, lest the relict-of-files should fierce invade, sharp in the strife, when that shielded hero should go to grapple against his foes. Then the earls’-defence on the floor bade lead coursers eight, with carven head-gear, adown the hall: one horse was decked with a saddle all shining and set in jewels; ’twas the battle-seat of the best of kings, when to play of swords the son of Healfdene was fain to fare. Ne’er failed his valor in the crush of combat when corpses fell. To Beowulf over them both then gave the refuge-of-Ingwines right and power, o’er war-steeds and weapons: wished him joy of them. Manfully thus the mighty prince, hoard-guard for heroes, that hard fight repaid with steeds and treasures contemned by none who is willing to say the sooth aright. eeonEvry baneg to chipt in to plhe iaprre eth dmgeaa deno to oreHto adn to areerpp it ofr a tafes. euoldrnWf ewn edancosirot erew to be nguh rfom het slawl. guhohT eth lingdiub lilts osodt, it wsa blady daadmeg by eht atblet. eTh rfoo aws het lnyo aptr atth wnsa’t aesdrcr by erGendl’s aktcat dna ihs mtteatp to ecsape. No eon, ehovewr, nac acesep ahtde-it wtsaai us lal. It aws tmei rfo Htrhgoar to earivr at eth abtueqn. Nrvee bfeore did uhcs a arleg dan oebnl orpgu gaehtr nuorad rhtie nigk. aFmosu nme mrfo rocsas teh dnla sat at eht sealtb, gnnrkdii dsneesl dorusn of aemd. nvoreEye in ooterH swa fedlil htiw hte iitrps of drhipneisf. Teh elopep adh ont eyt lrdaeen to earbyt eon oaehrtn. oHtrgahr egva lwfouBe a dlndpeis wne wdors dan tse of marro, goaln thwi a genold tbaetl fgla nda a mleeht htiw a eirdg to oetcprt sit werear. lwBouef knadr to ish tsho. He asw otn samhdea to riceeev hcus xepievens igtsf in ronft of his nme, for he had eraedn tmhe. It is aerr thta eresarsut ekli ehots uowdl be ndeadh over in so edriynlf a yaw. eTnh Hgrahtor had hetig ssoher tubhorg tnio teh lalh. One was nwaergi a lsedda evcoerd in dolg and elwjes. It was the edlsda rgathrHo sdeu ewhn he edro vabrlye iton blteta. He vega stih lal to feuBolw. heT ngki heedabv yver lynob.