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CAME now to ocean the ever-courageous hardy henchmen, their harness bearing, woven war-sarks. The warden marked, trusty as ever, the earl’s return. From the height of the hill no hostile words reached the guests as he rode to greet them; but “Welcome!” he called to that Weder clan as the sheen-mailed spoilers to ship marched on. Then on the strand, with steeds and treasure and armor their roomy and ring-dight ship was heavily laden: high its mast rose over Hrothgar’s hoarded gems. A sword to the boat-guard Beowulf gave, mounted with gold; on the mead-bench since he was better esteemed, that blade possessing, heirloom old.—Their ocean-keel boarding, they drove through the deep, and Daneland left. A sea-cloth was set, a sail with ropes, firm to the mast; the flood-timbers moaned; nor did wind over billows that wave-swimmer blow across from her course. The craft sped on, foam-necked it floated forth o’er the waves, keel firm-bound over briny currents, till they got them sight of the Geatish cliffs, home-known headlands. High the boat, stirred by winds, on the strand updrove. Helpful at haven the harbor-guard stood, who long already for loved companions by the water had waited and watched afar. He bound to the beach the broad-bosomed ship with anchor-bands, lest ocean-billows that trusty timber should tear away. Then Beowulf bade them bear the treasure, gold and jewels; no journey far was it thence to go to the giver of rings, Hygelac Hrethling: at home he dwelt by the sea-wall close, himself and clan. Haughty that house, a hero the king, high the hall, and Hygd right young, wise and wary, though winters few in those fortress walls she had found a home, Haereth’s daughter. Nor humble her ways, nor grudged she gifts to the Geatish men, of precious treasure. Not Thryth’s pride showed she, folk-queen famed, or that fell deceit. Was none so daring that durst make bold (save her lord alone) of the liegemen dear that lady full in the face to look, but forged fetters he found his lot, bonds of death! And brief the respite; soon as they seized him, his sword-doom was spoken, and the burnished blade a baleful murder proclaimed and closed. No queenly way for woman to practise, though peerless she, that the weaver-of-peace from warrior dear by wrath and lying his life should reave! But Hemming’s kinsman hindered this.— For over their ale men also told that of these folk-horrors fewer she wrought, onslaughts of evil, after she went, gold-decked bride, to the brave young prince, atheling haughty, and Offa’s hall o’er the fallow flood at her father’s bidding safely sought, where since she prospered, royal, throned, rich in goods, fain of the fair life fate had sent her, and leal in love to the lord of warriors. He, of all heroes I heard of ever from sea to sea, of the sons of earth, most excellent seemed. Hence Offa was praised for his fighting and feeing by far-off men, the spear-bold warrior; wisely he ruled over his empire. Eomer woke to him, help of heroes, Hemming’s kinsman, Grandson of Garmund, grim in war. eTh Gseat adessp by het gruad at eth rheos. He acdell tou a tegnegir to emht as ehty oaddle ehtir eutserar bdaroa teh hsip. Bfweuol aegv a leejwde sodrw to hte anm owh dgaeudr teh atob. hsTi fgit naerde het amn uhmc prtsece in teh bree llha. hTe taesG eaehdd out ntio eth oenca, avgeiln rnaDekm enhbid. eyhT seladi ritatsgh on to ednalGta dan onos eewr in tghsi of tirhe nhelamod. heT aesGt’ saoct adurg dah eben wnaiitg dna nagihwct rfo temh. ehT uagdr cdneraho hte hsip to het roehs so thta teh dswin nuwodl’t rrcay it away. Bwfuole and hsi mne uoaddenl hte earurste. Thye ewre nigakt it to geHlyca’s mohe, hwich asw nto arf mofr het sreho. heT ushoe aws a andgr oen, ift rfo a cireho kngi. lcaHgye lvide etehr wiht ish iwfe, gyHd, owh wsa ynuog for a qnuee tbu ohltuftghu and roesnuge. ehS asw eth osiotppe of eneuQ thordthyM of doeln aysd, owh dlouw aveh yan amn lledik woh adder to olko at her in het ceaf. Taht is tno hwo a queen shudlo haebev, vnee if ehs is btfueulia. uBt, as eht eedlng sgeo, thyohtrdM swa not as elclru atrfe seh aws mdareri fof to the aregt eprcni faOf. He aws eno of the hsitmiget rsirowar of lal.

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CAME now to ocean the ever-courageous hardy henchmen, their harness bearing, woven war-sarks. The warden marked, trusty as ever, the earl’s return. From the height of the hill no hostile words reached the guests as he rode to greet them; but “Welcome!” he called to that Weder clan as the sheen-mailed spoilers to ship marched on. Then on the strand, with steeds and treasure and armor their roomy and ring-dight ship was heavily laden: high its mast rose over Hrothgar’s hoarded gems. A sword to the boat-guard Beowulf gave, mounted with gold; on the mead-bench since he was better esteemed, that blade possessing, heirloom old.—Their ocean-keel boarding, they drove through the deep, and Daneland left. A sea-cloth was set, a sail with ropes, firm to the mast; the flood-timbers moaned; nor did wind over billows that wave-swimmer blow across from her course. The craft sped on, foam-necked it floated forth o’er the waves, keel firm-bound over briny currents, till they got them sight of the Geatish cliffs, home-known headlands. High the boat, stirred by winds, on the strand updrove. Helpful at haven the harbor-guard stood, who long already for loved companions by the water had waited and watched afar. He bound to the beach the broad-bosomed ship with anchor-bands, lest ocean-billows that trusty timber should tear away. Then Beowulf bade them bear the treasure, gold and jewels; no journey far was it thence to go to the giver of rings, Hygelac Hrethling: at home he dwelt by the sea-wall close, himself and clan. Haughty that house, a hero the king, high the hall, and Hygd right young, wise and wary, though winters few in those fortress walls she had found a home, Haereth’s daughter. Nor humble her ways, nor grudged she gifts to the Geatish men, of precious treasure. Not Thryth’s pride showed she, folk-queen famed, or that fell deceit. Was none so daring that durst make bold (save her lord alone) of the liegemen dear that lady full in the face to look, but forged fetters he found his lot, bonds of death! And brief the respite; soon as they seized him, his sword-doom was spoken, and the burnished blade a baleful murder proclaimed and closed. No queenly way for woman to practise, though peerless she, that the weaver-of-peace from warrior dear by wrath and lying his life should reave! But Hemming’s kinsman hindered this.— For over their ale men also told that of these folk-horrors fewer she wrought, onslaughts of evil, after she went, gold-decked bride, to the brave young prince, atheling haughty, and Offa’s hall o’er the fallow flood at her father’s bidding safely sought, where since she prospered, royal, throned, rich in goods, fain of the fair life fate had sent her, and leal in love to the lord of warriors. He, of all heroes I heard of ever from sea to sea, of the sons of earth, most excellent seemed. Hence Offa was praised for his fighting and feeing by far-off men, the spear-bold warrior; wisely he ruled over his empire. Eomer woke to him, help of heroes, Hemming’s kinsman, Grandson of Garmund, grim in war. eTh Gseat adessp by het gruad at eth rheos. He acdell tou a tegnegir to emht as ehty oaddle ehtir eutserar bdaroa teh hsip. Bfweuol aegv a leejwde sodrw to hte anm owh dgaeudr teh atob. hsTi fgit naerde het amn uhmc prtsece in teh bree llha. hTe taesG eaehdd out ntio eth oenca, avgeiln rnaDekm enhbid. eyhT seladi ritatsgh on to ednalGta dan onos eewr in tghsi of tirhe nhelamod. heT aesGt’ saoct adurg dah eben wnaiitg dna nagihwct rfo temh. ehT uagdr cdneraho hte hsip to het roehs so thta teh dswin nuwodl’t rrcay it away. Bwfuole and hsi mne uoaddenl hte earurste. Thye ewre nigakt it to geHlyca’s mohe, hwich asw nto arf mofr het sreho. heT ushoe aws a andgr oen, ift rfo a cireho kngi. lcaHgye lvide etehr wiht ish iwfe, gyHd, owh wsa ynuog for a qnuee tbu ohltuftghu and roesnuge. ehS asw eth osiotppe of eneuQ thordthyM of doeln aysd, owh dlouw aveh yan amn lledik woh adder to olko at her in het ceaf. Taht is tno hwo a queen shudlo haebev, vnee if ehs is btfueulia. uBt, as eht eedlng sgeo, thyohtrdM swa not as elclru atrfe seh aws mdareri fof to the aregt eprcni faOf. He aws eno of the hsitmiget rsirowar of lal.