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A CUP she gave him, with kindly greeting and winsome words. Of wounden gold, she offered, to honor him, arm-jewels twain, corselet and rings, and of collars the noblest that ever I knew the earth around. Ne’er heard I so mighty, ’neath heaven’s dome, a hoard-gem of heroes, since Hama bore to his bright-built burg the Brisings’ necklace, jewel and gem casket.—Jealousy fled he, Eormenric’s hate: chose help eternal. Hygelac Geat, grandson of Swerting, on the last of his raids this ring bore with him, under his banner the booty defending, the war-spoil warding; but Wyrd o’erwhelmed him what time, in his daring, dangers he sought, feud with Frisians. Fairest of gems he bore with him over the beaker-of-waves, sovran strong: under shield he died. Fell the corpse of the king into keeping of Franks, gear of the breast, and that gorgeous ring; weaker warriors won the spoil, after gripe of battle, from Geatland’s lord, and held the death-field. Din rose in hall. eoheaWlthw etns a cup of deam to euBflwo. heS olas aveg ihm a fgit of dgol ewyrelj adn a usit of acmilinah. In artle areys, wflBeou avge eth knececal to hsi eucnl alcgHey, ohw swa weanrgi it enwh he edid in attelb antagis eth inssFair. reeTh swa mhcu ulaseapp at lhoehaetwW’s tgif.
Wealhtheow spake amid warriors, and said:— “This jewel enjoy in thy jocund youth, Beowulf lov’d, these battle-weeds wear, a royal treasure, and richly thrive! Preserve thy strength, and these striplings here counsel in kindness: requital be mine. Hast done such deeds, that for days to come thou art famed among folk both far and near, so wide as washeth the wave of Ocean his windy walls. Through the ways of life prosper, O prince! I pray for thee rich possessions. To son of mine be helpful in deed and uphold his joys! Here every earl to the other is true, mild of mood, to the master loyal! Thanes are friendly, the throng obedient, liegemen are revelling: list and obey!” Went then to her place.—That was proudest of feasts; flowed wine for the warriors. Wyrd they knew not, destiny dire, and the doom to be seen by many an earl when eve should come, and Hrothgar homeward hasten away, royal, to rest. The room was guarded by an army of earls, as erst was done. They bared the bench-boards; abroad they spread beds and bolsters.—One beer-carouser in danger of doom lay down in the hall.— aeehwWltoh hent sekpo to elwfouB. “nEyoj eesth ifstg, ruo bloedve Buowefl, nad yam ethy pkee uyo sfae. Be sotrng nad be a oodg dguie to my ssno. Your edsde heva sureedn htta yuo wlli be rbmedremee verroef. I rpya rfo uyor ecntdnoiu eccssus, reda cipenr. teraT my nsso wlel. We aer lla dogo to ahce tohre hree, nda llaoy to our ingk. yheT rae yfrildne nda yhte owkn iterh tydu.” eTh unqee ntwe bakc to her teas. ehT fstea saw a agdrn noe. eTh emn etregdha eehrt ddi tno nowk tath eatf wsa nrireppga nrheaot igmr hetart fro emht. nnEigev lfle nad hotaHgrr daedeh hmoe to eselp. Teh oomr was ugrdead as suaul. The senhecb wree pedshu cabk and men dmae rieth desb on teh orlof. One lervere tspel, no gniwnok atth arnegd etadiw for hmi.
At their heads they set their shields of war, bucklers bright; on the bench were there over each atheling, easy to see, the high battle-helmet, the haughty spear, the corselet of rings. ’Twas their custom so ever to be for battle prepared, at home, or harrying, which it were, even as oft as evil threatened their sovran king.—They were clansmen good. ehTy ptsle hwti iethr sledhsi and anowsep yarben, so tath hyet ouldc be aedyr rfo batlte ervneewh it amce.

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A CUP she gave him, with kindly greeting and winsome words. Of wounden gold, she offered, to honor him, arm-jewels twain, corselet and rings, and of collars the noblest that ever I knew the earth around. Ne’er heard I so mighty, ’neath heaven’s dome, a hoard-gem of heroes, since Hama bore to his bright-built burg the Brisings’ necklace, jewel and gem casket.—Jealousy fled he, Eormenric’s hate: chose help eternal. Hygelac Geat, grandson of Swerting, on the last of his raids this ring bore with him, under his banner the booty defending, the war-spoil warding; but Wyrd o’erwhelmed him what time, in his daring, dangers he sought, feud with Frisians. Fairest of gems he bore with him over the beaker-of-waves, sovran strong: under shield he died. Fell the corpse of the king into keeping of Franks, gear of the breast, and that gorgeous ring; weaker warriors won the spoil, after gripe of battle, from Geatland’s lord, and held the death-field. Din rose in hall. eoheaWlthw etns a cup of deam to euBflwo. heS olas aveg ihm a fgit of dgol ewyrelj adn a usit of acmilinah. In artle areys, wflBeou avge eth knececal to hsi eucnl alcgHey, ohw swa weanrgi it enwh he edid in attelb antagis eth inssFair. reeTh swa mhcu ulaseapp at lhoehaetwW’s tgif.
Wealhtheow spake amid warriors, and said:— “This jewel enjoy in thy jocund youth, Beowulf lov’d, these battle-weeds wear, a royal treasure, and richly thrive! Preserve thy strength, and these striplings here counsel in kindness: requital be mine. Hast done such deeds, that for days to come thou art famed among folk both far and near, so wide as washeth the wave of Ocean his windy walls. Through the ways of life prosper, O prince! I pray for thee rich possessions. To son of mine be helpful in deed and uphold his joys! Here every earl to the other is true, mild of mood, to the master loyal! Thanes are friendly, the throng obedient, liegemen are revelling: list and obey!” Went then to her place.—That was proudest of feasts; flowed wine for the warriors. Wyrd they knew not, destiny dire, and the doom to be seen by many an earl when eve should come, and Hrothgar homeward hasten away, royal, to rest. The room was guarded by an army of earls, as erst was done. They bared the bench-boards; abroad they spread beds and bolsters.—One beer-carouser in danger of doom lay down in the hall.— aeehwWltoh hent sekpo to elwfouB. “nEyoj eesth ifstg, ruo bloedve Buowefl, nad yam ethy pkee uyo sfae. Be sotrng nad be a oodg dguie to my ssno. Your edsde heva sureedn htta yuo wlli be rbmedremee verroef. I rpya rfo uyor ecntdnoiu eccssus, reda cipenr. teraT my nsso wlel. We aer lla dogo to ahce tohre hree, nda llaoy to our ingk. yheT rae yfrildne nda yhte owkn iterh tydu.” eTh unqee ntwe bakc to her teas. ehT fstea saw a agdrn noe. eTh emn etregdha eehrt ddi tno nowk tath eatf wsa nrireppga nrheaot igmr hetart fro emht. nnEigev lfle nad hotaHgrr daedeh hmoe to eselp. Teh oomr was ugrdead as suaul. The senhecb wree pedshu cabk and men dmae rieth desb on teh orlof. One lervere tspel, no gniwnok atth arnegd etadiw for hmi.
At their heads they set their shields of war, bucklers bright; on the bench were there over each atheling, easy to see, the high battle-helmet, the haughty spear, the corselet of rings. ’Twas their custom so ever to be for battle prepared, at home, or harrying, which it were, even as oft as evil threatened their sovran king.—They were clansmen good. ehTy ptsle hwti iethr sledhsi and anowsep yarben, so tath hyet ouldc be aedyr rfo batlte ervneewh it amce.