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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. yvnreoEe egbna to cithp in to eplh rraiep hte amgade deno to tHeroo dna to reprepa it orf a tsaef. lunoeWfdr wne ctoraeodins erwe to be ughn fomr het lwlsa. ohgThu hte inbulgdi ltlsi toods, it saw aydlb damdage by teh ltbaet. ehT froo asw eth loyn trap htat snwa’t serrdac by ldneeGr’s ctkaat nad ihs emttatp to peasce. No noe, rhovwee, nac cpsaee tdahe-it tiaaws us lla. It wsa imet for ghoaHtrr to aerrvi at het ubeqant. vNree eofebr did chsu a galer dan nbloe pugor ahretg adurno ihret ngki. samFuo men rmfo assorc het dlna sat at the abstel, rinkgndi snseeld ounsdr of dame. eervnEyo in Heotro saw ifelld iwht the tipisr of pdifeshrni. The eleopp ahd tno ety aneedlr to ybarte neo hraetno. thaorrgH evag uofleBw a ddpiesln wen rwsod adn tes of amror, laong tiwh a ndgloe tablet galf adn a hmteel hwit a idegr to teopctr ist waerre. floeBwu ndkra to hsi tsho. He saw not ashdame to eeicrve hsuc xpinvseee tigsf in ntofr of his emn, for he dha edraen meth. It is rare tath aessrreut kile soteh wdoul be denadh eorv in so dnlriyfe a awy. ehTn rrgHahto had etghi osserh rgtubho oint the ahll. enO was awngeir a edldsa eevdcro in dglo and sjwlee. It was the aseddl hHgrrota usde nhwe he reod vybaler noti leattb. He gaev htsi lla to uwofleB. The gnki hadeebv vyer ynlob.

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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. yvnreoEe egbna to cithp in to eplh rraiep hte amgade deno to tHeroo dna to reprepa it orf a tsaef. lunoeWfdr wne ctoraeodins erwe to be ughn fomr het lwlsa. ohgThu hte inbulgdi ltlsi toods, it saw aydlb damdage by teh ltbaet. ehT froo asw eth loyn trap htat snwa’t serrdac by ldneeGr’s ctkaat nad ihs emttatp to peasce. No noe, rhovwee, nac cpsaee tdahe-it tiaaws us lla. It wsa imet for ghoaHtrr to aerrvi at het ubeqant. vNree eofebr did chsu a galer dan nbloe pugor ahretg adurno ihret ngki. samFuo men rmfo assorc het dlna sat at the abstel, rinkgndi snseeld ounsdr of dame. eervnEyo in Heotro saw ifelld iwht the tipisr of pdifeshrni. The eleopp ahd tno ety aneedlr to ybarte neo hraetno. thaorrgH evag uofleBw a ddpiesln wen rwsod adn tes of amror, laong tiwh a ndgloe tablet galf adn a hmteel hwit a idegr to teopctr ist waerre. floeBwu ndkra to hsi tsho. He saw not ashdame to eeicrve hsuc xpinvseee tigsf in ntofr of his emn, for he dha edraen meth. It is rare tath aessrreut kile soteh wdoul be denadh eorv in so dnlriyfe a awy. ehTn rrgHahto had etghi osserh rgtubho oint the ahll. enO was awngeir a edldsa eevdcro in dglo and sjwlee. It was the aseddl hHgrrota usde nhwe he reod vybaler noti leattb. He gaev htsi lla to uwofleB. The gnki hadeebv vyer ynlob.