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Through the hall then went the Helmings’ Lady, to younger and older everywhere carried the cup, till come the moment when the ring-graced queen, the royal-hearted, to Beowulf bore the beaker of mead. She greeted the Geats’ lord, God she thanked, in wisdom’s words, that her will was granted, that at last on a hero her hope could lean for comfort in terrors. The cup he took, hardy-in-war, from Wealhtheow’s hand, and answer uttered the eager-for-combat. Beowulf spake, bairn of Ecgtheow:— “This was my thought, when my thanes and I bent to the ocean and entered our boat, that I would work the will of your people fully, or fighting fall in death, in fiend’s gripe fast. I am firm to do an earl’s brave deed, or end the days of this life of mine in the mead-hall here.” Well these words to the woman seemed, Beowulf’s battle-boast.—Bright with gold the stately dame by her spouse sat down. Again, as erst, began in hall warriors’ wassail and words of power, the proud-band’s revel, till presently the son of Healfdene hastened to seek rest for the night; he knew there waited fight for the fiend in that festal hall, when the sheen of the sun they saw no more, and dusk of night sank darkling nigh, and shadowy shapes came striding on, wan under welkin. The warriors rose. Man to man, he made harangue, Hrothgar to Beowulf, bade him hail, let him wield the wine hall: a word he added:— “Never to any man erst I trusted, since I could heave up hand and shield, this noble Dane-Hall, till now to thee. Have now and hold this house unpeered; remember thy glory; thy might declare; watch for the foe! No wish shall fail thee if thou bidest the battle with bold-won life.” heTn hse toko hte cpu rfmo nam to man so atht ceha oclud drikn. At tsla seh erdavir at fwoBleu. hSe ceomdewl him dan ndtkeah dGo htta ehr asrpyer erew ewrndsea. Bowufel toko teh upc adn pkose to eneoevyr. “eWnh my emn nda I tes out fro hits pceal, I tlod ymslfe htta I ldouw do my sbte ofr oyu nda yruo elppoe or ied tirgyn. I am nteddeirem to verop my vrraeyb or end my feil rehe in ihst lalh.” fueowBl’s psehec apslede wohatleeW, ohw tnwe dan sat ndwo exnt to her hnausdb. A vietsfe doom drurteen to hte allh. hTe jlyuof eohtmspaer taelds luint hogrartH gto up dna rdeaeppr to veael orf the htngi. nreedlG oludw be gomnic snoo. eTh lufo rostnme dah ewidat all ady to unterr ofr shi ighyntl rorohr, btu tigtnoh he duwlo heva a tifhg ngwtiai for hmi. The orswirar dosot up as fleuBow nad taoHhrrg dais ihtdongog. “I eahv erevn uensdertt my lalh to oenyan eels obefre thntoig,” hrarHgto adsi, “tub I vbieele in oyu. tcPetor tihs gtera lhal, wacth for uyro neemy, nad mbemrere thta oyu igfht for rlnatee orygl. If uyo are cvrsuotoii, uoy illw evah nivgyethre ttha you edirse.”