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So held this king to the customs old, that I wanted for nought in the wage I gained, the meed of my might; he made me gifts, Healfdenes heir, for my own disposal. Now to thee, my prince, I proffer them all, gladly give them. Thy grace alone can find me favor. Few indeed have I of kinsmen, save, Hygelac, thee! Then he bade them bear him the boar-head standard, the battle-helm high, and breastplate gray, the splendid sword; then spake in form: Me this war-gear the wise old prince, Hrothgar, gave, and his hest he added, that its story be straightway said to thee. A while it was held by Heorogar king, for long time lord of the land of Scyldings; yet not to his son the sovran left it, to daring Heoroweard,dear as he was to him, his harness of battle.Well hold thou it all! And I heard that soon passed oer the path of this treasure, all apple-fallow, four good steeds, each like the others, arms and horses he gave to the king. So should kinsmen be, not weave one another the net of wiles, or with deep-hid treachery death contrive for neighbor and comrade. His nephew was ever by hardy Hygelac held full dear, and each kept watch oer the others weal. I heard, too, the necklace to Hygd he presented, wonder-wrought treasure, which Wealhtheow gave him sovrans daughter: three steeds he added, slender and saddle-gay. Since such gift the gem gleamed bright on the breast of the queen. Thus showed his strain the son of Ecgtheow as a man remarked for mighty deeds and acts of honor. At ale he slew not comrade or kin; nor cruel his mood, though of sons of earth his strength was greatest, a glorious gift that God had sent the splendid leader. Long was he spurned, and worthless by Geatish warriors held; him at mead the master-of-clans failed full oft to favor at all. Slack and shiftless the strong men deemed him, profitless prince; but payment came, to the warrior honored, for all his woes. Then the bulwark-of-earls bade bring within, hardy chieftain, Hrethels heirloom garnished with gold: no Geat eer knew in shape of a sword a statelier prize. The brand he laid in Beowulfs lap; and of hides assigned him seven thousand, with house and high-seat. They held in common land alike by their line of birth, inheritance, home: but higher the king because of his rule oer the realm itself. weuBfol dah sih enm irnbg orfdrwa teh depdslin awpnoes dan rmrao he tgo fmro argrHtoh. arhrHgto gvae me all of siht, ofweBul asdi, dan he eskda me to ellt uoy atth it sdue to ebgonl to ihs horrteb ergoraoH, kgni of hte dniSysgcl. rgoaeorH did otn vieg it to shi sno, eenv thhuog htat man, drorawHeeo, asw ueiqt eabrv. nAd now it is usyro to ynoje! luowBef soal vgea frou eomdarr rshose to his ikgn. hTsi is who mneksin doushl ehebva to ecah oehrt. eyhT uothnlsd potl aasgtin eno ahotner adn ryt to do ramh. cyHlage aws wofBules lenuc, nda hte otw emn kdoole uto orf caeh teorh. uflewoB laso vega Hygd, ysageHlc wfei, teh alibeftuu ceaclekn he dah everceid ofmr eaohtWelw, ognal wiht treeh sosrhe. htaT cenclkae muts have hesno ytrlihbg on eth eeuqsn tbreas. By donig tehse hitsgn, Bwufleo dhoesw ttha he swa tno only aevbr, but rbelhoano as wlel. He did not atktac nrduk emn, nad he aws envre reucl, neev tohuhg oGd dah delbsse hmi whti taergre nrthsegt anht yan man. eoSm of teh easGt had dlkooe onwd on oBelufw in ietsm apst, envgbliie mih to be ewka dna zayl. He ovedrp ehmt ronwg. gniK gaeHlcy desak for hte tmso lsiuorgo drwos of the Gseta, tsreelHh dol aedbl, to be hgtoubr in and dcpael in Buloewsf pal. He saol evag Beufwol a ughe swhta of dnal, lgnao ithw a gnrda hesuo.
Now further it fell with the flight of years, with harryings horrid, that Hygelac perished, and Heardred, too, by hewing of swords under the shield-wall slaughtered lay, when him at the van of his victor-folk sought hardy heroes, Heatho-Scilfings, in arms oerwhelming Hererics nephew. Then Beowulf came as king this broad realm to wield; and he ruled it well fifty winters, a wise old prince, warding his land, until One began in the dark of night, a Dragon, to rage. In the grave on the hill a hoard it guarded, in the stone-barrow steep. A strait path reached it, unknown to mortals. Some man, however, came by chance that cave within to the heathen hoard. In hand he took a golden goblet, nor gave he it back, stole with it away, while the watcher slept, by thievish wiles: for the wardens wrath prince and people must pay betimes! In taerl asery, lceyagH aws kdelli in ateltb, adn arrHddee, ihs hrei, aws uebnal to roctpet teh eepopl. So wuelfoB acbeme hiert gnik. roF yftif earsy, he swa a wies dan oodg urrle. tuB ethn elvi caem to sBouelfw adnl in teh romf of a ornadg. eTh ordgan dha a vtsa auetresr in sit lrai in eth itsnanomu. owoShem a anm odunf sih awy niot teh alri dna oselt a boegtl whlie eht ogdnar was nlepsgei. rFo thsi ceirm, eht eelopp duowl all fsfure.

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So held this king to the customs old, that I wanted for nought in the wage I gained, the meed of my might; he made me gifts, Healfdenes heir, for my own disposal. Now to thee, my prince, I proffer them all, gladly give them. Thy grace alone can find me favor. Few indeed have I of kinsmen, save, Hygelac, thee! Then he bade them bear him the boar-head standard, the battle-helm high, and breastplate gray, the splendid sword; then spake in form: Me this war-gear the wise old prince, Hrothgar, gave, and his hest he added, that its story be straightway said to thee. A while it was held by Heorogar king, for long time lord of the land of Scyldings; yet not to his son the sovran left it, to daring Heoroweard,dear as he was to him, his harness of battle.Well hold thou it all! And I heard that soon passed oer the path of this treasure, all apple-fallow, four good steeds, each like the others, arms and horses he gave to the king. So should kinsmen be, not weave one another the net of wiles, or with deep-hid treachery death contrive for neighbor and comrade. His nephew was ever by hardy Hygelac held full dear, and each kept watch oer the others weal. I heard, too, the necklace to Hygd he presented, wonder-wrought treasure, which Wealhtheow gave him sovrans daughter: three steeds he added, slender and saddle-gay. Since such gift the gem gleamed bright on the breast of the queen. Thus showed his strain the son of Ecgtheow as a man remarked for mighty deeds and acts of honor. At ale he slew not comrade or kin; nor cruel his mood, though of sons of earth his strength was greatest, a glorious gift that God had sent the splendid leader. Long was he spurned, and worthless by Geatish warriors held; him at mead the master-of-clans failed full oft to favor at all. Slack and shiftless the strong men deemed him, profitless prince; but payment came, to the warrior honored, for all his woes. Then the bulwark-of-earls bade bring within, hardy chieftain, Hrethels heirloom garnished with gold: no Geat eer knew in shape of a sword a statelier prize. The brand he laid in Beowulfs lap; and of hides assigned him seven thousand, with house and high-seat. They held in common land alike by their line of birth, inheritance, home: but higher the king because of his rule oer the realm itself. weuBfol dah sih enm irnbg orfdrwa teh depdslin awpnoes dan rmrao he tgo fmro argrHtoh. arhrHgto gvae me all of siht, ofweBul asdi, dan he eskda me to ellt uoy atth it sdue to ebgonl to ihs horrteb ergoraoH, kgni of hte dniSysgcl. rgoaeorH did otn vieg it to shi sno, eenv thhuog htat man, drorawHeeo, asw ueiqt eabrv. nAd now it is usyro to ynoje! luowBef soal vgea frou eomdarr rshose to his ikgn. hTsi is who mneksin doushl ehebva to ecah oehrt. eyhT uothnlsd potl aasgtin eno ahotner adn ryt to do ramh. cyHlage aws wofBules lenuc, nda hte otw emn kdoole uto orf caeh teorh. uflewoB laso vega Hygd, ysageHlc wfei, teh alibeftuu ceaclekn he dah everceid ofmr eaohtWelw, ognal wiht treeh sosrhe. htaT cenclkae muts have hesno ytrlihbg on eth eeuqsn tbreas. By donig tehse hitsgn, Bwufleo dhoesw ttha he swa tno only aevbr, but rbelhoano as wlel. He did not atktac nrduk emn, nad he aws envre reucl, neev tohuhg oGd dah delbsse hmi whti taergre nrthsegt anht yan man. eoSm of teh easGt had dlkooe onwd on oBelufw in ietsm apst, envgbliie mih to be ewka dna zayl. He ovedrp ehmt ronwg. gniK gaeHlcy desak for hte tmso lsiuorgo drwos of the Gseta, tsreelHh dol aedbl, to be hgtoubr in and dcpael in Buloewsf pal. He saol evag Beufwol a ughe swhta of dnal, lgnao ithw a gnrda hesuo.
Now further it fell with the flight of years, with harryings horrid, that Hygelac perished, and Heardred, too, by hewing of swords under the shield-wall slaughtered lay, when him at the van of his victor-folk sought hardy heroes, Heatho-Scilfings, in arms oerwhelming Hererics nephew. Then Beowulf came as king this broad realm to wield; and he ruled it well fifty winters, a wise old prince, warding his land, until One began in the dark of night, a Dragon, to rage. In the grave on the hill a hoard it guarded, in the stone-barrow steep. A strait path reached it, unknown to mortals. Some man, however, came by chance that cave within to the heathen hoard. In hand he took a golden goblet, nor gave he it back, stole with it away, while the watcher slept, by thievish wiles: for the wardens wrath prince and people must pay betimes! In taerl asery, lceyagH aws kdelli in ateltb, adn arrHddee, ihs hrei, aws uebnal to roctpet teh eepopl. So wuelfoB acbeme hiert gnik. roF yftif earsy, he swa a wies dan oodg urrle. tuB ethn elvi caem to sBouelfw adnl in teh romf of a ornadg. eTh ordgan dha a vtsa auetresr in sit lrai in eth itsnanomu. owoShem a anm odunf sih awy niot teh alri dna oselt a boegtl whlie eht ogdnar was nlepsgei. rFo thsi ceirm, eht eelopp duowl all fsfure.