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Beowulf

  Hwæt! We Gardena   in geardagum,
  þeodcyninga,   þrym gefrunon,
  hu ða æþelingas   ellen fremedon.
  Oft Scyld Scefing   sceaþena þreatum,
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  monegum mægþum,   meodosetla ofteah,
  egsode eorlas.   Syððan ærest wearð
  feasceaft funden,   he þæs frofre gebad,
  weox under wolcnum,   weorðmyndum þah,
  oðþæt him æghwylc   þara ymbsittendra
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  ofer hronrade   hyran scolde,
  gomban gyldan.   þæt wæs god cyning!
  ðæm eafera wæs   æfter cenned,
  geong in geardum,   þone god sende
  folce to frofre;   fyrenðearfe ongeat
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  þe hie ær drugon   aldorlease
  lange hwile.   Him þæs liffrea,
  wuldres wealdend,   woroldare forgeaf;
  Beowulf wæs breme   (blæd wide sprang),
  Scyldes eafera   Scedelandum in.
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  Swa sceal geong guma   gode gewyrcean,
  fromum feohgiftum   on fæder bearme,
  þæt hine on ylde   eft gewunigen
  wilgesiþas,   þonne wig cume,
  leode gelæsten;   lofdædum sceal
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  in mægþa gehwære   man geþeon.
  Him ða Scyld gewat   to gescæphwile
  felahror feran   on frean wære.
  Hi hyne þa ætbæron   to brimes faroðe,
  swæse gesiþas,   swa he selfa bæd,
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  þenden wordum weold   wine Scyldinga;
  leof landfruma   lange ahte.
  þær æt hyðe stod   hringedstefna,
  isig ond utfus,   æþelinges fær.
  Aledon þa   leofne þeoden,
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  beaga bryttan,   on bearm scipes,
  mærne be mæste.   þær wæs madma fela
  of feorwegum,   frætwa, gelæded;
  ne hyrde ic cymlicor   ceol gegyrwan
  hildewæpnum   ond heaðowædum,
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  billum ond byrnum;   him on bearme læg
  madma mænigo,   þa him mid scoldon
  on flodes æht   feor gewitan.
  Nalæs hi hine læssan   lacum teodan,
  þeodgestreonum,   þon þa dydon
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  þe hine æt frumsceafte   forð onsendon
  ænne ofer yðe   umborwesende.
  þa gyt hie him asetton   segen geldenne
  heah ofer heafod,   leton holm beran,
  geafon on garsecg;   him wæs geomor sefa,
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  murnende mod.   Men ne cunnon
  secgan to soðe,   selerædende,
  hæleð under heofenum,   hwa þæm hlæste onfeng.
  ða wæs on burgum   Beowulf Scyldinga,
  leof leodcyning,   longe þrage
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  folcum gefræge   (fæder ellor hwearf,
  aldor of earde),   oþþæt him eft onwoc
  heah Healfdene;   heold þenden lifde,
  gamol ond guðreouw,   glæde Scyldingas.
  ðæm feower bearn   forð gerimed
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  in worold wocun,   weoroda ræswan,
  Heorogar ond Hroðgar   ond Halga til;
  hyrde ic þæt   wæs Onelan cwen,
  Heaðoscilfingas   healsgebedda.
  þa wæs Hroðgare   heresped gyfen,
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  wiges weorðmynd,   þæt him his winemagas
  georne hyrdon,   oðð þæt seo geogoð geweox,
  magodriht micel.   Him on mod bearn
  þæt healreced   hatan wolde,
  medoærn micel,   men gewyrcean
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  þonne yldo bearn   æfre gefrunon,
  ond þær on innan   eall gedælan
  geongum ond ealdum,   swylc him god sealde,
  buton folcscare   ond feorum gumena.
  ða ic wide gefrægn   weorc gebannan
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  manigre mægþe   geond þisne middangeard,
  folcstede frætwan.   Him on fyrste gelomp,
  ædre mid yldum,   þæt hit wearð ealgearo,
  healærna mæst;   scop him Heort naman
  se þe his wordes geweald   wide hæfde.
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  He beot ne aleh,   beagas dælde,
  sinc æt symle.   Sele hlifade,
  heah ond horngeap,   heaðowylma bad,
  laðan liges;   ne wæs hit lenge þa gen
  þæt se ecghete   aþumsweorum
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  æfter wælniðe   wæcnan scolde.
  ða se ellengæst   earfoðlice
  þrage geþolode,   se þe in þystrum bad,
  þæt he dogora gehwam   dream gehyrde
  hludne in healle;   þær wæs hearpan sweg,
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  swutol sang scopes.   Sægde se þe cuþe
  frumsceaft fira   feorran reccan,
  cwæð þæt se ælmihtiga   eorðan worhte,
  wlitebeorhtne wang,   swa wæter bebugeð,
  gesette sigehreþig   sunnan ond monan
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  leoman to leohte   landbuendum
  ond gefrætwade   foldan sceatas
  leomum ond leafum,   lif eac gesceop
  cynna gehwylcum   þara ðe cwice hwyrfaþ.
  Swa ða drihtguman   dreamum lifdon
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  eadiglice,   oððæt an ongan
  fyrene fremman   feond on helle.
  Wæs se grimma gæst   Grendel haten,
  mære mearcstapa,   se þe moras heold,
  fen ond fæsten;   fifelcynnes eard
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  wonsæli wer   weardode hwile,
  siþðan him scyppend   forscrifen hæfde
  in Caines cynne.   þone cwealm gewræc
  ece drihten,   þæs þe he Abel slog;
  ne gefeah he þære fæhðe,   ac he hine feor forwræc,
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  metod for þy mane,   mancynne fram.
  þanon untydras   ealle onwocon,
  eotenas ond ylfe   ond orcneas,
  swylce gigantas,   þa wið gode wunnon
  lange þrage;   he him ðæs lean forgeald.
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  Gewat ða neosian,   syþðan niht becom,
  hean huses,   hu hit Hringdene
  æfter beorþege   gebun hæfdon.
  Fand þa ðær inne   æþelinga gedriht
  swefan æfter symble;   sorge ne cuðon,
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  wonsceaft wera.   Wiht unhælo,
  grim ond grædig,   gearo sona wæs,
  reoc ond reþe,   ond on ræste genam
  þritig þegna,   þanon eft gewat
  huðe hremig   to ham faran,
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  mid þære wælfylle   wica neosan.
  ða wæs on uhtan   mid ærdæge
  Grendles guðcræft   gumum undyrne;
  þa wæs æfter wiste   wop up ahafen,
  micel morgensweg.   Mære þeoden,
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  æþeling ærgod,   unbliðe sæt,
  þolode ðryðswyð,   þegnsorge dreah,
  syðþan hie þæs laðan   last sceawedon,
  wergan gastes;   wæs þæt gewin to strang,
  lað ond longsum.   Næs hit lengra fyrst,
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  ac ymb ane niht   eft gefremede
  morðbeala mare   ond no mearn fore,
  fæhðe ond fyrene;   wæs to fæst on þam.
  þa wæs eaðfynde   þe him elles hwær
  gerumlicor   ræste sohte,
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  bed æfter burum,   ða him gebeacnod wice   sweotolan tacne
  healðegnes hete;   heold hyne syðþan
  fyr ond fæstor   se þæm feonde ætwand.
  Swa rixode   ond wið rihte wan,
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  ana wið eallum,   oðþæt idel stod
  husa selest.   Wæs seo hwil micel;
  XII wintra tid   torn geþolode
  wine Scyldinga,   weana gehwelcne,
  sidra sorga.   Forðam secgum wearð,
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  ylda bearnum,   undyrne cuð,
  gyddum geomore,   þætte Grendel wan
  hwile wið Hroþgar,   heteniðas wæg,
  fyrene ond fæhðe   fela missera,
  singale sæce,   sibbe ne wolde
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  wið manna hwone   mægenes Deniga,
  feorhbealo feorran,   fea þingian,
  ne þær nænig witena   wenan þorfte
  beorhtre bote   to banan folmum,
  ac se æglæca   ehtende wæs,
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  deorc deaþscua,   duguþe ond geogoþe,
  seomade ond syrede,   sinnihte heold
  mistige moras;   men ne cunnon
  hwyder helrunan   hwyrftum scriþað.
  Swa fela fyrena   feond mancynnes,
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  atol angengea,   oft gefremede,
  heardra hynða.   Heorot eardode,
  sincfage sel   sweartum nihtum;
  no he þone gifstol   gretan moste,
  maþðum for metode,   ne his myne wisse.
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  þæt wæs wræc micel   wine Scyldinga,
  modes brecða.   Monig oft gesæt
  rice to rune;   ræd eahtedon
  hwæt swiðferhðum   selest wære
  wið færgryrum   to gefremmanne.
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  Hwilum hie geheton   æt hærgtrafum
  wigweorþunga,   wordum bædon
  þæt him gastbona   geoce gefremede
  wið þeodþreaum.   Swylc wæs þeaw hyra,
  hæþenra hyht;   helle gemundon
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  in modsefan,   metod hie ne cuþon,
  dæda demend,   ne wiston hie drihten god,
  ne hie huru heofena helm   herian ne cuþon,
  wuldres waldend.   Wa bið þæm ðe sceal
  þurh sliðne nið   sawle bescufan
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  in fyres fæþm,   frofre ne wenan,
  wihte gewendan;   wel bið þæm þe mot
  æfter deaðdæge   drihten secean
  ond to fæder fæþmum   freoðo wilnian.
  Swa ða mælceare   maga Healfdenes
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  singala seað,   ne mihte snotor hæleð
  wean onwendan;   wæs þæt gewin to swyð,
  laþ ond longsum,   þe on ða leode becom,
  nydwracu niþgrim,   nihtbealwa mæst.
  þæt fram ham gefrægn   Higelaces þegn,
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  god mid Geatum,   Grendles dæda;
  se wæs moncynnes   mægenes strengest
  on þæm dæge   þysses lifes,
  æþele ond eacen.   Het him yðlidan
  godne gegyrwan,   cwæð, he guðcyning
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  ofer swanrade   secean wolde,
  mærne þeoden,   þa him wæs manna þearf.
  ðone siðfæt him   snotere ceorlas
  lythwon logon,   þeah he him leof wære;
  hwetton higerofne,   hæl sceawedon.
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  Hæfde se goda   Geata leoda
  cempan gecorone   þara þe he cenoste
  findan mihte;   /XV/na sum
  sundwudu sohte;   secg wisade,
  lagucræftig mon,   landgemyrcu.
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  Fyrst forð gewat.   Flota wæs on yðum,
  bat under beorge.   Beornas gearwe
  on stefn stigon;   streamas wundon,
  sund wið sande;   secgas bæron
  on bearm nacan   beorhte frætwe,
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  guðsearo geatolic;   guman ut scufon,
  weras on wilsið,   wudu bundenne.
  Gewat þa ofer wægholm,   winde gefysed,
  flota famiheals   fugle gelicost,
  oðþæt ymb antid   oþres dogores
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  wundenstefna   gewaden hæfde
  þæt ða liðende   land gesawon,
  brimclifu blican,   beorgas steape,
  side sænæssas;   þa wæs sund liden,
  eoletes æt ende.   þanon up hraðe
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  Wedera leode   on wang stigon,
  sæwudu sældon   (syrcan hrysedon,
  guðgewædo),   gode þancedon
  þæs þe him yþlade   eaðe wurdon.
  þa of wealle geseah   weard Scildinga,
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  se þe holmclifu   healdan scolde,
  beran ofer bolcan   beorhte randas,
  fyrdsearu fuslicu;   hine fyrwyt bræc
  modgehygdum,   hwæt þa men wæron.
  Gewat him þa to waroðe   wicge ridan
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  þegn Hroðgares,   þrymmum cwehte
  mægenwudu mundum,   meþelwordum frægn:
  "Hwæt syndon ge   searohæbbendra,
  byrnum werede,   þe þus brontne ceol
  ofer lagustræte   lædan cwomon,
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  hider ofer holmas?   ...le wæs
  endesæta,   ægwearde heold,
  þe on land Dena   laðra nænig
  mid scipherge   sceðþan ne meahte.
  No her cuðlicor   cuman ongunnon
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  lindhæbbende;   ne ge leafnesword
  guðfremmendra   gearwe ne wisson,
  maga gemedu.   Næfre ic maran geseah
  eorla ofer eorþan   ðonne is eower sum,
  secg on searwum;   nis þæt seldguma,
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  wæpnum geweorðad,   næfne him his wlite leoge,
  ænlic ansyn.   Nu ic eower sceal
  frumcyn witan,   ær ge fyr heonan,
  leassceaweras,   on land Dena
  furþur feran.   Nu ge feorbuend,
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  mereliðende,   minne gehyrað
  anfealdne geþoht:   Ofost is selest
  to gecyðanne   hwanan eowre cyme syndon."
  Him se yldesta   ondswarode,
  werodes wisa,   wordhord onleac:
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  "We synt gumcynnes   Geata leode
  ond Higelaces   heorðgeneatas.
  Wæs min fæder   folcum gecyþed,
  æþele ordfruma,   Ecgþeow haten.
  Gebad wintra worn,   ær he on weg hwurfe,
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  gamol of geardum;   hine gearwe geman
  witena welhwylc   wide geond eorþan.
  We þurh holdne hige   hlaford þinne,
  sunu Healfdenes,   secean cwomon,
  leodgebyrgean;   wes þu us larena god.
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  Habbað we to þæm mæran   micel ærende,
  Deniga frean,   ne sceal þær dyrne sum
  wesan, þæs ic wene.   þu wast (gif hit is
  swa we soþlice   secgan hyrdon)
  þæt mid Scyldingum   sceaðona ic nat hwylc,
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  deogol dædhata,   deorcum nihtum
  eaweð þurh egsan   uncuðne nið,
  hynðu ond hrafyl.   Ic þæs Hroðgar mæg
  þurh rumne sefan   ræd gelæran,
  hu he frod ond god   feond oferswyðeþ,
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  gyf him edwendan   æfre scolde
  bealuwa bisigu,   bot eft cuman,
  ond þa cearwylmas   colran wurðaþ;
  oððe a syþðan   earfoðþrage,
  þreanyd þolað,   þenden þær wunað
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  on heahstede   husa selest."
  Weard maþelode,   ðær on wicge sæt,
  ombeht unforht:   "æghwæþres sceal
  scearp scyldwiga   gescad witan,
  worda ond worca,   se þe wel þenceð.
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  Ic þæt gehyre,   þæt þis is hold weorod
  frean Scyldinga.   Gewitaþ forð beran
  wæpen ond gewædu;   ic eow wisige.
  Swylce ic maguþegnas   mine hate
  wið feonda gehwone   flotan eowerne,
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  niwtyrwydne   nacan on sande
  arum healdan,   oþðæt eft byreð
  ofer lagustreamas   leofne mannan
  wudu wundenhals   to Wedermearce,
  godfremmendra   swylcum gifeþe bið
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  þæt þone hilderæs   hal gedigeð."
  Gewiton him þa feran.   Flota stille bad,
  seomode on sale   sidfæþmed scip,
  on ancre fæst.   Eoforlic scionon
  ofer hleorberan   gehroden golde,
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  fah ond fyrheard;   ferhwearde heold
  guþmod grimmon.   Guman onetton,
  sigon ætsomne,   oþþæt hy sæl timbred,
  geatolic ond goldfah,   ongyton mihton;
  þæt wæs foremærost   foldbuendum
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  receda under roderum,   on þæm se rica bad;
  lixte se leoma   ofer landa fela.
  Him þa hildedeor   hof modigra
  torht getæhte,   þæt hie him to mihton
  gegnum gangan;   guðbeorna sum
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  wicg gewende,   word æfter cwæð:
  "Mæl is me to feran;   fæder alwalda
  mid arstafum   eowic gehealde
  siða gesunde.   Ic to wille
  wið wrað werod   wearde healdan."
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  Stræt wæs stanfah,   stig wisode
  gumum ætgædere.   Guðbyrne scan
  heard hondlocen,   hringiren scir
  song in searwum,   þa hie to sele furðum
  in hyra gryregeatwum   gangan cwomon.
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  Setton sæmeþe   side scyldas,
  rondas regnhearde,   wið þæs recedes weal,
  bugon þa to bence.   Byrnan hringdon,
  guðsearo gumena;   garas stodon,
  sæmanna searo,   samod ætgædere,
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  æscholt ufan græg;   wæs se irenþreat
  wæpnum gewurþad.   þa ðær wlonc hæleð
  oretmecgas   æfter æþelum frægn:
  "Hwanon ferigeað ge   fætte scyldas,
  græge syrcan   ond grimhelmas,
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  heresceafta heap?   Ic eom Hroðgares
  ar ond ombiht.   Ne seah ic elþeodige
  þus manige men   modiglicran.
  Wen ic þæt ge for wlenco,   nalles for wræcsiðum,
  ac for higeþrymmum   Hroðgar sohton."
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  Him þa ellenrof   andswarode,
  wlanc Wedera leod,   word æfter spræc,
  heard under helme:   "We synt Higelaces
  beodgeneatas;   Beowulf is min nama.
  Wille ic asecgan   sunu Healfdenes,
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  mærum þeodne,   min ærende,
  aldre þinum,   gif he us geunnan wile
  þæt we hine swa godne   gretan moton."
  Wulfgar maþelode   (þæt wæs Wendla leod;
  wæs his modsefa   manegum gecyðed,
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  wig ond wisdom):   "Ic þæs wine Deniga,
  frean Scildinga,   frinan wille,
  beaga bryttan,   swa þu bena eart,
  þeoden mærne,   ymb þinne sið,
  ond þe þa ondsware   ædre gecyðan
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  ðe me se goda   agifan þenceð."
  Hwearf þa hrædlice   þær Hroðgar sæt
  eald ond anhar   mid his eorla gedriht;
  eode ellenrof,   þæt he for eaxlum gestod
  Deniga frean;   cuþe he duguðe þeaw.
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  Wulfgar maðelode   to his winedrihtne:
  "Her syndon geferede,   feorran cumene
  ofer geofenes begang   Geata leode;
  þone yldestan   oretmecgas
  Beowulf nemnað.   Hy benan synt
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  þæt hie, þeoden min,   wið þe moton
  wordum wrixlan.   No ðu him wearne geteoh
  ðinra gegncwida,   glædman Hroðgar.
  Hy on wiggetawum   wyrðe þinceað
  eorla geæhtlan;   huru se aldor deah,
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  se þæm heaðorincum   hider wisade."
  Hroðgar maþelode,   helm Scyldinga:
  "Ic hine cuðe   cnihtwesende.
  Wæs his ealdfæder   Ecgþeo haten,
  ðæm to ham forgeaf   Hreþel Geata
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  angan dohtor;   is his eafora nu
  heard her cumen,   sohte holdne wine.
  ðonne sægdon þæt   sæliþende,
  þa ðe gifsceattas   Geata fyredon
  þyder to þance,   þæt he /XXX/tiges
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  manna mægencræft   on his mundgripe
  heaþorof hæbbe.   Hine halig god
  for arstafum   us onsende,
  to Westdenum,   þæs ic wen hæbbe,
  wið Grendles gryre.   Ic þæm godan sceal
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  for his modþræce   madmas beodan.
  Beo ðu on ofeste,   hat in gan
  seon sibbegedriht   samod ætgædere;
  gesaga him eac wordum   þæt hie sint wilcuman
  Deniga leodum."  
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  word inne abead:
  "Eow het secgan   sigedrihten min,
  aldor Eastdena,   þæt he eower æþelu can,
  ond ge him syndon   ofer sæwylmas
  heardhicgende   hider wilcuman.
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  Nu ge moton gangan   in eowrum guðgeatawum
  under heregriman   Hroðgar geseon;
  lætað hildebord   her onbidan,
  wudu, wælsceaftas,   worda geþinges."
  Aras þa se rica,   ymb hine rinc manig,
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  þryðlic þegna heap;   sume þær bidon,
  heaðoreaf heoldon,   swa him se hearda bebead.
  Snyredon ætsomne,   þa secg wisode,
  under Heorotes hrof  
  heard under helme,   þæt he on heoðe gestod.
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  Beowulf maðelode   (on him byrne scan,
  searonet seowed   smiþes orþancum):
  "Wæs þu, Hroðgar, hal!   Ic eom Higelaces
  mæg ond magoðegn;   hæbbe ic mærða fela
  ongunnen on geogoþe.   Me wearð Grendles þing
410
  on minre eþeltyrf   undyrne cuð;
  secgað sæliðend   þæt þæs sele stande,
  reced selesta,   rinca gehwylcum
  idel ond unnyt,   siððan æfenleoht
  under heofenes hador   beholen weorþeð.
415
  þa me þæt gelærdon   leode mine
  þa selestan,   snotere ceorlas,
  þeoden Hroðgar,   þæt ic þe sohte,
  forþan hie mægenes cræft   minne cuþon,
  selfe ofersawon,   ða ic of searwum cwom,
420
  fah from feondum,   þær ic fife geband,
  yðde eotena cyn   ond on yðum slog
  niceras nihtes,   nearoþearfe dreah,
  wræc Wedera nið   (wean ahsodon),
  forgrand gramum,   ond nu wið Grendel sceal,
425
  wið þam aglæcan,   ana gehegan
  ðing wið þyrse.   Ic þe nu ða,
  brego Beorhtdena,   biddan wille,
  eodor Scyldinga,   anre bene,
  þæt ðu me ne forwyrne,   wigendra hleo,
430
  freowine folca,   nu ic þus feorran com,
  þæt ic mote ana   ond minra eorla gedryht,
  þes hearda heap,   Heorot fælsian.
  Hæbbe ic eac geahsod   þæt se æglæca
  for his wonhydum   wæpna ne recceð.
435
  Ic þæt þonne forhicge   (swa me Higelac sie,
  min mondrihten,   modes bliðe),
  þæt ic sweord bere   oþðe sidne scyld,
  geolorand to guþe,   ac ic mid grape sceal
  fon wið feonde   ond ymb feorh sacan,
440
  lað wið laþum;   ðær gelyfan sceal
  dryhtnes dome   se þe hine deað nimeð.
  Wen ic þæt he wille,   gif he wealdan mot,
  in þæm guðsele   Geotena leode
  etan unforhte,   swa he oft dyde,
445
  mægen Hreðmanna.   Na þu minne þearft
  hafalan hydan,   ac he me habban wile
  dreore fahne,   gif mec deað nimeð.
  Byreð blodig wæl,   byrgean þenceð,
  eteð angenga   unmurnlice,
450
  mearcað morhopu;   no ðu ymb mines ne þearft
  lices feorme   leng sorgian.
  Onsend Higelace,   gif mec hild nime,
  beaduscruda betst,   þæt mine breost wereð,
  hrægla selest;   þæt is Hrædlan laf,
455
  Welandes geweorc.   Gæð a wyrd swa hio scel."
  Hroðgar maþelode,   helm Scyldinga:
  "For gewyrhtum þu,   wine min Beowulf,
  ond for arstafum   usic sohtest.
  Gesloh þin fæder   fæhðe mæste;
460
  wearþ he Heaþolafe   to handbonan
  mid Wilfingum;   ða hine Wedera cyn
  for herebrogan   habban ne mihte.
  þanon he gesohte   Suðdena folc
  ofer yða gewealc,   Arscyldinga.
465
  ða ic furþum weold   folce Deniga
  ond on geogoðe heold   ginne rice,
  hordburh hæleþa;   ða wæs Heregar dead,
  min yldra mæg   unlifigende,
  bearn Healfdenes;   se wæs betera ðonne ic.
470
  Siððan þa fæhðe   feo þingode;
  sende ic Wylfingum   ofer wæteres hrycg
  ealde madmas;   he me aþas swor.
  Sorh is me to secganne   on sefan minum
  gumena ængum   hwæt me Grendel hafað
475
  hynðo on Heorote   mid his heteþancum,
  færniða gefremed.   Is min fletwerod,
  wigheap gewanod;   hie wyrd forsweop
  on Grendles gryre.   God eaþe mæg
  þone dolsceaðan   dæda getwæfan.
480
  Ful oft gebeotedon   beore druncne
  ofer ealowæge   oretmecgas
  þæt hie in beorsele   bidan woldon
  Grendles guþe   mid gryrum ecga.
  ðonne wæs þeos medoheal   on morgentid,
485
  drihtsele dreorfah,   þonne dæg lixte,
  eal bencþelu   blode bestymed,
  heall heorudreore;   ahte ic holdra þy læs,
  deorre duguðe,   þe þa deað fornam.
  Site nu to symle   ond onsæl meoto,
490
  sigehreð secgum,   swa þin sefa hwette."
  þa wæs Geatmæcgum   geador ætsomne
  on beorsele   benc gerymed;
  þær swiðferhþe   sittan eodon,
  þryðum dealle.   þegn nytte beheold,
495
  se þe on handa bær   hroden ealowæge,
  scencte scir wered.   Scop hwilum sang
  hador on Heorote.   þær wæs hæleða dream,
  duguð unlytel   Dena ond Wedera.
  Unferð maþelode,   Ecglafes bearn,
500
  þe æt fotum sæt   frean Scyldinga,
  onband beadurune   (wæs him Beowulfes sið,
  modges merefaran,   micel æfþunca,
  forþon þe he ne uþe   þæt ænig oðer man
  æfre mærða þon ma   middangeardes
505
  gehedde under heofenum   þonne he sylfa):
  "Eart þu se Beowulf,   se þe wið Brecan wunne,
  on sidne   ymb sund flite,
  ðær git for wlence   wada cunnedon
  ond for dolgilpe   on deop wæter
510
  aldrum neþdon?   Ne inc ænig mon,
  ne leof ne lað,   belean mihte
  sorhfullne sið,   þa git on sund reon.
  þær git eagorstream   earmum þehton,
  mæton merestræta,   mundum brugdon,
515
  glidon ofer garsecg;   geofon yþum weol,
  wintrys wylmum.   Git on wæteres æht
  seofon niht swuncon;   he þe æt sunde oferflat,
  hæfde mare mægen.   þa hine on morgentid
  on Heaþoræmas   holm up ætbær;
520
  ðonon he gesohte   swæsne ?,
  leof his leodum,   lond Brondinga,
  freoðoburh fægere,   þær he folc ahte,
  burh ond beagas.   Beot eal wið þe
  sunu Beanstanes   soðe gelæste.
525
  ðonne wene ic to þe   wyrsan geþingea,
  ðeah þu heaðoræsa   gehwær dohte,
  grimre guðe,   gif þu Grendles dearst
  nihtlongne fyrst   nean bidan."
  Beowulf maþelode,   bearn Ecgþeowes:
530
  "Hwæt! þu worn fela,   wine min Unferð,
  beore druncen   ymb Brecan spræce,
  sægdest from his siðe.   Soð ic talige,
  þæt ic merestrengo   maran ahte,
  earfeþo on yþum,   ðonne ænig oþer man.
535
  Wit þæt gecwædon   cnihtwesende
  ond gebeotedon   (wæron begen þa git
  on geogoðfeore)   þæt wit on garsecg ut
  aldrum neðdon,   ond þæt geæfndon swa.
  Hæfdon swurd nacod,   þa wit on sund reon,
540
  heard on handa;   wit unc wið hronfixas
  werian þohton.   No he wiht fram me
  flodyþum feor   fleotan meahte,
  hraþor on holme;   no ic fram him wolde.
  ða wit ætsomne   on wæron
545
  fif nihta fyrst,   oþþæt unc flod todraf,
  wado weallende,   wedera cealdost,
  nipende niht,   ond norþanwind
  heaðogrim ondhwearf;   hreo wæron yþa.
  Wæs merefixa   mod onhrered;
550
  þær me wið laðum   licsyrce min,
  heard, hondlocen,   helpe gefremede,
  beadohrægl broden   on breostum læg
  golde gegyrwed.   Me to grunde teah
  fah feondscaða,   fæste hæfde
555
  grim on grape;   hwæþre me gyfeþe wearð
  þæt ic aglæcan   orde geræhte,
  hildebille;   heaþoræs fornam
  mihtig meredeor   þurh mine hand.
  Swa mec gelome   laðgeteonan
560
  þreatedon þearle.   Ic him þenode
  deoran sweorde,   swa hit gedefe wæs.
  Næs hie ðære fylle   gefean hæfdon,
  manfordædlan,   þæt hie me þegon,
  symbel ymbsæton   sægrunde neah;
565
  ac on mergenne   mecum wunde
  be yðlafe   uppe lægon,
  sweordum aswefede,   þæt syðþan na
  ymb brontne ford   brimliðende
  lade ne letton.   Leoht eastan com,
570
  beorht beacen godes;   brimu swaþredon,
  þæt ic sænæssas   geseon mihte,
  windige weallas.   Wyrd oft nereð
  unfægne eorl,   þonne his ellen deah.
  Hwæþere me gesælde   þæt ic mid sweorde ofsloh
575
  niceras nigene.   No ic on niht gefrægn
  under heofones hwealf   heardran feohtan,
  ne on egstreamum   earmran mannon;
  hwaþere ic fara feng   feore gedigde,
  siþes werig.   ða mec oþbær,
580
  flod æfter faroðe   on Finna land,
  wadu weallendu.   No ic wiht fram þe
  swylcra searoniða   secgan hyrde,
  billa brogan.   Breca næfre git
  æt heaðolace,   ne gehwæþer incer,
585
  swa deorlice   dæd gefremede
  fagum sweordum   (no ic þæs fela gylpe),
  þeah ðu þinum broðrum   to banan wurde,
  heafodmægum;   þæs þu in helle scealt
  werhðo dreogan,   þeah þin wit duge.
590
  Secge ic þe to soðe,   sunu Ecglafes,
  þæt næfre Grendel swa fela   gryra gefremede,
  atol æglæca,   ealdre þinum,
  hynðo on Heorote,   gif þin hige wære,
  sefa swa searogrim,   swa þu self talast.
595
  Ac he hafað onfunden   þæt he þa fæhðe ne þearf,
  atole ecgþræce   eower leode
  swiðe onsittan,   Sigescyldinga;
  nymeð nydbade,   nænegum arað
  leode Deniga,   ac he lust wigeð,
600
  swefeð ond sendeþ,   secce ne weneþ
  to Gardenum.   Ac ic him Geata sceal
  eafoð ond ellen   ungeara nu,
  guþe gebeodan.   Gæþ eft se þe mot
  to medo modig,   siþþan morgenleoht
605
  ofer ylda bearn   oþres dogores,
  sunne sweglwered   suþan scineð."
  þa wæs on salum   sinces brytta,
  gamolfeax ond guðrof;   geoce gelyfde
  brego Beorhtdena,   gehyrde on Beowulfe
610
  folces hyrde   fæstrædne geþoht.
  ðær wæs hæleþa hleahtor,   hlyn swynsode,
  word wæron wynsume.   Eode Wealhþeow forð,
  cwen Hroðgares,   cynna gemyndig,
  grette goldhroden   guman on healle,
615
  ond þa freolic wif   ful gesealde
  ærest Eastdena   eþelwearde,
  bæd hine bliðne   æt þære beorþege,
  leodum leofne.   He on lust geþeah
  symbel ond seleful,   sigerof kyning.
620
  Ymbeode þa   ides Helminga
  duguþe ond geogoþe   dæl æghwylcne,
  sincfato sealde,   oþþæt sæl alamp
  þæt hio Beowulfe,   beaghroden cwen
  mode geþungen,   medoful ætbær;
625
  grette Geata leod,   gode þancode
  wisfæst wordum   þæs ðe hire se willa gelamp
  þæt heo on ænigne   eorl gelyfde
  fyrena frofre.   He þæt ful geþeah,
  wælreow wiga,   æt Wealhþeon,
630
  ond þa gyddode   guþe gefysed;
  Beowulf maþelode,   bearn Ecgþeowes:
  "Ic þæt hogode,   þa ic on holm gestah,
  sæbat gesæt   mid minra secga gedriht,
  þæt ic anunga   eowra leoda
635
  willan geworhte   oþðe on wæl crunge,
  feondgrapum fæst.   Ic gefremman sceal
  eorlic ellen,   oþðe endedæg
  on þisse meoduhealle   minne gebidan."
  ðam wife þa word   wel licodon,
640
  gilpcwide Geates;   eode goldhroden
  freolicu folccwen   to hire frean sittan.
  þa wæs eft swa ær   inne on healle
  þryðword sprecen,   ðeod on sælum,
  sigefolca sweg,   oþþæt semninga
645
  sunu Healfdenes   secean wolde
  æfenræste;   wiste þæm ahlæcan
  to þæm heahsele   hilde geþinged,
  siððan hie sunnan leoht   geseon ne meahton,
  oþðe nipende   niht ofer ealle,
650
  scaduhelma gesceapu   scriðan cwoman,
  wan under wolcnum.   Werod eall aras.
  Gegrette þa   guma oþerne,
  Hroðgar Beowulf,   ond him hæl abead,
  winærnes geweald,   ond þæt word acwæð:
655
  "Næfre ic ænegum men   ær alyfde,
  siþðan ic hond ond rond   hebban mihte,
  ðryþærn Dena   buton þe nu ða.
  Hafa nu ond geheald   husa selest,
  gemyne mærþo,   mægenellen cyð,
660
  waca wið wraþum.   Ne bið þe wilna gad,
  gif þu þæt ellenweorc   aldre gedigest."
  ða him Hroþgar gewat   mid his hæleþa gedryht,
  eodur Scyldinga,   ut of healle;
  wolde wigfruma   Wealhþeo secan,
665
  cwen to gebeddan.   Hæfde kyningwuldor
  Grendle togeanes,   swa guman gefrungon,
  seleweard aseted;   sundornytte beheold
  ymb aldor Dena,   eotonweard abead.
  Huru Geata leod   georne truwode
670
  modgan mægnes,   metodes hyldo.
  ða he him of dyde   isernbyrnan,
  helm of hafelan,   sealde his hyrsted sweord,
  irena cyst,   ombihtþegne,
  ond gehealdan het   hildegeatwe.
675
  Gespræc þa se goda   gylpworda sum,
  Beowulf Geata,   ær he on bed stige:
  "No ic me an herewæsmun   hnagran talige,
  guþgeweorca,   þonne Grendel hine;
  forþan ic hine sweorde   swebban nelle,
680
  aldre beneotan,   þeah ic eal mæge.
  Nat he þara goda   þæt he me ongean slea,
  rand geheawe,   þeah ðe he rof sie
  niþgeweorca;   ac wit on niht sculon
  secge ofersittan,   gif he gesecean dear
685
  wig ofer wæpen,   ond siþðan witig god
  on swa hwæþere hond,   halig dryhten,
  mærðo deme,   swa him gemet þince."
  Hylde hine þa heaþodeor,   hleorbolster onfeng
  eorles andwlitan,   ond hine ymb monig
690
  snellic særinc   selereste gebeah.
  Nænig heora þohte   þæt he þanon scolde
  eft eardlufan   æfre gesecean,
  folc oþðe freoburh,   þær he afeded wæs;
  ac hie hæfdon gefrunen   þæt hie ær to fela micles
695
  in þæm winsele   wældeað fornam,
  Denigea leode.   Ac him dryhten forgeaf
  wigspeda gewiofu,   Wedera leodum,
  frofor ond fultum,   þæt hie feond heora
  ðurh anes cræft   ealle ofercomon,
700
  selfes mihtum.   Soð is gecyþed
  þæt mihtig god   manna cynnes
  weold wideferhð.   Com on wanre niht
  scriðan sceadugenga.   Sceotend swæfon,
  þa þæt hornreced   healdan scoldon,
705
  ealle buton anum.   þæt wæs yldum cuþ
  þæt hie ne moste,   þa metod nolde,
  se scynscaþa   under sceadu bregdan;
  ac he wæccende   wraþum on andan
  bad bolgenmod   beadwa geþinges.
710
  ða com of more   under misthleoþum
  Grendel gongan,   godes yrre bær;
  mynte se manscaða   manna cynnes
  sumne besyrwan   in sele þam hean.
  Wod under wolcnum   to þæs þe he winreced,
715
  goldsele gumena,   gearwost wisse,
  fættum fahne.   Ne wæs þæt forma sið
  þæt he Hroþgares   ham gesohte;
  næfre he on aldordagum   ær ne siþðan
  heardran hæle,   healðegnas fand.
720
  Com þa to recede   rinc siðian,
  dreamum bedæled.   Duru sona onarn,
  fyrbendum fæst,   syþðan he hire folmum æthran;
  onbræd þa bealohydig,   ða he gebolgen wæs,
  recedes muþan.   Raþe æfter þon
725
  on fagne flor   feond treddode,
  eode yrremod;   him of eagum stod
  ligge gelicost   leoht unfæger.
  Geseah he in recede   rinca manige,
  swefan sibbegedriht   samod ætgædere,
730
  magorinca heap.   þa his mod ahlog;
  mynte þæt he gedælde,   ærþon dæg cwome,
  atol aglæca,   anra gehwylces
  lif wið lice,   þa him alumpen wæs
  wistfylle wen.   Ne wæs þæt wyrd þa gen
735
  þæt he ma moste   manna cynnes
  ðicgean ofer þa niht.   þryðswyð beheold
  mæg Higelaces,   hu se manscaða
  under færgripum   gefaran wolde.
  Ne þæt se aglæca   yldan þohte,
740
  ac he gefeng hraðe   forman siðe
  slæpendne rinc,   slat unwearnum,
  bat banlocan,   blod edrum dranc,
  synsnædum swealh;   sona hæfde
  unlyfigendes   eal gefeormod,
745
  fet ond folma.   Forð near ætstop,
  nam þa mid handa   higeþihtigne
  rinc on ræste,   ræhte ongean
  feond mid folme;   he onfeng hraþe
  inwitþancum   ond wið earm gesæt.
750
  Sona þæt onfunde   fyrena hyrde
  þæt he ne mette   middangeardes,
  eorþan sceata,   on elran men
  mundgripe maran.   He on mode wearð
  forht on ferhðe;   no þy ær fram meahte.
755
  Hyge wæs him hinfus,   wolde on heolster fleon,
  secan deofla gedræg;   ne wæs his drohtoð þær
  swylce he on ealderdagum   ær gemette.
  Gemunde þa se goda,   mæg Higelaces,
  æfenspræce,   uplang astod
760
  ond him fæste wiðfeng;   fingras burston.
  Eoten wæs utweard;   eorl furþur stop.
  Mynte se mæra,   þær he meahte swa,
  widre gewindan   ond on weg þanon
  fleon on fenhopu;   wiste his fingra geweald
765
  on grames grapum.   þæt wæs geocor sið
  þæt se hearmscaþa   to Heorute ateah.
  Dryhtsele dynede;   Denum eallum wearð,
  ceasterbuendum,   cenra gehwylcum,
  eorlum ealuscerwen.   Yrre wæron begen,
770
  reþe renweardas.   Reced hlynsode.
  þa wæs wundor micel   þæt se winsele
  wiðhæfde heaþodeorum,   þæt he on hrusan ne feol,
  fæger foldbold;   ac he þæs fæste wæs
  innan ond utan   irenbendum
775
  searoþoncum besmiþod.   þær fram sylle abeag
  medubenc monig,   mine gefræge,
  golde geregnad,   þær þa graman wunnon.
  þæs ne wendon ær   witan Scyldinga
  þæt hit a mid gemete   manna ænig,
780
  betlic ond banfag,   tobrecan meahte,
  listum tolucan,   nymþe liges fæþm
  swulge on swaþule.   Sweg up astag
  niwe geneahhe;   Norðdenum stod
  atelic egesa,   anra gehwylcum
785
  þara þe of wealle   wop gehyrdon,
  gryreleoð galan   godes ondsacan,
  sigeleasne sang,   sar wanigean
  helle hæfton.   Heold hine fæste
  se þe manna wæs   mægene strengest
790
  on þæm dæge   þysses lifes.
  Nolde eorla hleo   ænige þinga
  þone cwealmcuman   cwicne forlætan,
  ne his lifdagas   leoda ænigum
  nytte tealde.   þær genehost brægd
795
  eorl Beowulfes   ealde lafe,
  wolde freadrihtnes   feorh ealgian,
  mæres þeodnes,   ðær hie meahton swa.
  Hie þæt ne wiston,   þa hie gewin drugon,
  heardhicgende   hildemecgas,
800
  ond on healfa gehwone   heawan þohton,
  sawle secan,   þone synscaðan
  ænig ofer eorþan   irenna cyst,
  guðbilla nan,   gretan nolde,
  ac he sigewæpnum   forsworen hæfde,
805
  ecga gehwylcre.   Scolde his aldorgedal
  on ðæm dæge   þysses lifes
  earmlic wurðan,   ond se ellorgast
  on feonda geweald   feor siðian.
  ða þæt onfunde   se þe fela æror
810
  modes myrðe   manna cynne,
  fyrene gefremede   (he wæs fag wið god),
  þæt him se lichoma   læstan nolde,
  ac hine se modega   mæg Hygelaces
  hæfde be honda;   wæs gehwæþer oðrum
815
  lifigende lað.   Licsar gebad
  atol æglæca;   him on eaxle wearð
  syndolh sweotol,   seonowe onsprungon,
  burston banlocan.   Beowulfe wearð
  guðhreð gyfeþe;   scolde Grendel þonan
820
  feorhseoc fleon   under fenhleoðu,
  secean wynleas wic;   wiste þe geornor
  þæt his aldres wæs   ende gegongen,
  dogera dægrim.   Denum eallum wearð
  æfter þam wælræse   willa gelumpen.
825
  Hæfde þa gefælsod   se þe ær feorran com,
  snotor ond swyðferhð,   sele Hroðgares,
  genered wið niðe;   nihtweorce gefeh,
  ellenmærþum.   Hæfde Eastdenum
  Geatmecga leod   gilp gelæsted,
830
  swylce oncyþðe   ealle gebette,
  inwidsorge,   þe hie ær drugon
  ond for þreanydum   þolian scoldon,
  torn unlytel.   þæt wæs tacen sweotol,
  syþðan hildedeor   hond alegde,
835
  earm ond eaxle   (þær wæs eal geador
  Grendles grape)   under geapne hrof.
  ða wæs on morgen   mine gefræge
  ymb þa gifhealle   guðrinc monig;
  ferdon folctogan   feorran ond nean
840
  geond widwegas   wundor sceawian,
  laþes lastas.   No his lifgedal
  sarlic þuhte   secga ænegum
  þara þe tirleases   trode sceawode,
  hu he werigmod   on weg þanon,
845
  niða ofercumen,   on nicera mere
  fæge ond geflymed   feorhlastas bær.
  ðær wæs on blode   brim weallende,
  atol yða geswing   eal gemenged
  haton heolfre,   heorodreore weol.
850
  Deaðfæge deog,   siððan dreama leas
  in fenfreoðo   feorh alegde,
  hæþene sawle;   þær him hel onfeng.
  þanon eft gewiton   ealdgesiðas,
  swylce geong manig   of gomenwaþe
855
  fram mere modge   mearum ridan,
  beornas on blancum.   ðær wæs Beowulfes
  mærðo mæned;   monig oft gecwæð
  þætte suð ne norð   be sæm tweonum
  ofer eormengrund   oþer nænig
860
  under swegles begong   selra nære
  rondhæbbendra,   rices wyrðra.
  Ne hie huru winedrihten   wiht ne logon,
  glædne Hroðgar,   ac þæt wæs god cyning.
  Hwilum heaþorofe   hleapan leton,
865
  on geflit faran   fealwe mearas
  ðær him foldwegas   fægere þuhton,
  cystum cuðe.   Hwilum cyninges þegn,
  guma gilphlæden,   gidda gemyndig,
  se ðe ealfela   ealdgesegena
870
  worn gemunde,   word oþer fand
  soðe gebunden;   secg eft ongan
  sið Beowulfes   snyttrum styrian
  ond on sped wrecan   spel gerade,
  wordum wrixlan.   Welhwylc gecwæð
875
  þæt he fram Sigemundes   secgan hyrde
  ellendædum,   uncuþes fela,
  Wælsinges gewin,   wide siðas,
  þara þe gumena bearn   gearwe ne wiston,
  fæhðe ond fyrena,   buton Fitela mid hine,
880
  þonne he swulces hwæt   secgan wolde,
  eam his nefan,   swa hie a wæron
  æt niða gehwam   nydgesteallan;
  hæfdon ealfela   eotena cynnes
  sweordum gesæged.   Sigemunde gesprong
885
  æfter deaðdæge   dom unlytel,
  syþðan wiges heard   wyrm acwealde,
  hordes hyrde.   He under harne stan,
  æþelinges bearn,   ana geneðde
  frecne dæde,   ne wæs him Fitela mid.
890
  Hwæþre him gesælde   ðæt þæt swurd þurhwod
  wrætlicne wyrm,   þæt hit on wealle ætstod,
  dryhtlic iren;   draca morðre swealt.
  Hæfde aglæca   elne gegongen
  þæt he beahhordes   brucan moste
895
  selfes dome;   sæbat gehleod,
  bær on bearm scipes   beorhte frætwa,
  Wælses eafera.   Wyrm hat gemealt.
  Se wæs wreccena   wide mærost
  ofer werþeode,   wigendra hleo,
900
  ellendædum   (he þæs ær onðah),
  siððan Heremodes   hild sweðrode,
  eafoð ond ellen.   He mid Eotenum wearð
  on feonda geweald   forð forlacen,
  snude forsended.   Hine sorhwylmas
905
  lemede to lange;   he his leodum wearð,
  eallum æþellingum   to aldorceare;
  swylce oft bemearn   ærran mælum
  swiðferhþes sið   snotor ceorl monig,
  se þe him bealwa to   bote gelyfde,
910
  þæt þæt ðeodnes bearn   geþeon scolde,
  fæderæþelum onfon,   folc gehealdan,
  hord ond hleoburh,   hæleþa rice,
  ? Scyldinga.   He þær eallum wearð,
  mæg Higelaces,   manna cynne,
915
  freondum gefægra;   hine fyren onwod.
  Hwilum flitende   fealwe stræte
  mearum mæton.   ða wæs morgenleoht
  scofen ond scynded.   Eode scealc monig
  swiðhicgende   to sele þam hean
920
  searowundor seon;   swylce self cyning
  of brydbure,   beahhorda weard,
  tryddode tirfæst   getrume micle,
  cystum gecyþed,   ond his cwen mid him
  medostigge mæt   mægþa hose.
925
  Hroðgar maþelode   (he to healle geong,
  stod on stapole,   geseah steapne hrof,
  golde fahne,   ond Grendles hond):
  "ðisse ansyne   alwealdan þanc
  lungre gelimpe!   Fela ic laþes gebad,
930
  grynna æt Grendle;   a mæg god wyrcan
  wunder æfter wundre,   wuldres hyrde.
  ðæt wæs ungeara   þæt ic ænigra me
  weana ne wende   to widan feore
  bote gebidan,   þonne blode fah
935
  husa selest   heorodreorig stod,
  wea widscofen   witena gehwylcum
  ðara þe ne wendon   þæt hie wideferhð
  leoda landgeweorc   laþum beweredon
  scuccum ond scinnum.   Nu scealc hafað
940
  þurh drihtnes miht   dæd gefremede
  ðe we ealle   ær ne meahton
  snyttrum besyrwan.   Hwæt, þæt secgan mæg
  efne swa hwylc mægþa   swa ðone magan cende
  æfter gumcynnum,   gyf heo gyt lyfað,
945
  þæt hyre ealdmetod   este wære
  bearngebyrdo.   Nu ic, Beowulf, þec,
  secg betsta,   me for sunu wylle
  freogan on ferhþe;   heald forð tela
  niwe sibbe.   Ne bið þe nænigra gad
950
  worolde wilna,   þe ic geweald hæbbe.
  Ful oft ic for læssan   lean teohhode,
  hordweorþunge   hnahran rince,
  sæmran æt sæcce.   þu þe self hafast
  dædum gefremed   þæt þin dom lyfað
955
  awa to aldre.   Alwalda þec
  gode forgylde,   swa he nu gyt dyde!"
  Beowulf maþelode,   bearn Ecþeowes:
  "We þæt ellenweorc   estum miclum,
  feohtan fremedon,   frecne geneðdon
960
  eafoð uncuþes.   Uþe ic swiþor
  þæt ðu hine selfne   geseon moste,
  feond on frætewum   fylwerigne.
  Ic hine hrædlice   heardan clammum
  on wælbedde   wriþan þohte,
965
  þæt he for mundgripe   minum scolde
  licgean lifbysig,   butan his lic swice.
  Ic hine ne mihte,   þa metod nolde,
  ganges getwæman,   no ic him þæs georne ætfealh,
  feorhgeniðlan;   wæs to foremihtig
970
  feond on feþe.   Hwæþere he his folme forlet
  to lifwraþe   last weardian,
  earm ond eaxle.   No þær ænige swa þeah
  feasceaft guma   frofre gebohte;
  no þy leng leofað   laðgeteona,
975
  synnum geswenced,   ac hyne sar hafað
  mid nydgripe   nearwe befongen,
  balwon bendum.   ðær abidan sceal
  maga mane fah   miclan domes,
  hu him scir metod   scrifan wille."
980
  ða wæs swigra secg,   sunu Eclafes,
  on gylpspræce   guðgeweorca,
  siþðan æþelingas   eorles cræfte
  ofer heanne hrof   hand sceawedon,
  feondes fingras.   Foran æghwylc wæs,
985
  stiðra nægla gehwylc,   style gelicost,
  hæþenes handsporu   hilderinces,
  egl, unheoru.   æghwylc gecwæð
  þæt him heardra nan   hrinan wolde
  iren ærgod,   þæt ðæs ahlæcan
990
  blodge beadufolme   onberan wolde.
  ða wæs haten hreþe   Heort innanweard
  folmum gefrætwod.   Fela þæra wæs,
  wera ond wifa,   þe þæt winreced,
  gestsele gyredon.   Goldfag scinon
995
  web æfter wagum,   wundorsiona fela
  secga gehwylcum   þara þe on swylc starað.
  Wæs þæt beorhte bold   tobrocen swiðe,
  eal inneweard   irenbendum fæst,
  heorras tohlidene.   Hrof ana genæs,
1000
  ealles ansund,   þe se aglæca,
  fyrendædum fag,   on fleam gewand,
  aldres orwena.   No þæt yðe byð
  to befleonne,   fremme se þe wille,
  ac gesecan sceal   sawlberendra,
1005
  nyde genydde,   niþða bearna,
  grundbuendra   gearwe stowe,
  þær his lichoma   legerbedde fæst
  swefeþ æfter symle.   þa wæs sæl ond mæl
  þæt to healle gang   Healfdenes sunu;
1010
  wolde self cyning   symbel þicgan.
  Ne gefrægen ic þa mægþe   maran weorode
  ymb hyra sincgyfan   sel gebæran.
  Bugon þa to bence   blædagande,
  fylle gefægon;   fægere geþægon
1015
  medoful manig   magas þara
  swiðhicgende   on sele þam hean,
  Hroðgar ond Hroþulf.   Heorot innan wæs
  freondum afylled;   nalles facenstafas
  þeodscyldingas   þenden fremedon.
1020
  Forgeaf þa Beowulfe   bearn Healfdenes
  segen gyldenne   sigores to leane;
  hroden hildecumbor,   helm ond byrnan,
  mære maðþumsweord   manige gesawon
  beforan beorn beran.   Beowulf geþah
1025
  ful on flette;   no he þære feohgyfte
  for sceotendum   scamigan ðorfte.
  Ne gefrægn ic freondlicor   feower madmas
  golde gegyrede   gummanna fela
  in ealobence   oðrum gesellan.
1030
  Ymb þæs helmes hrof   heafodbeorge
  wirum bewunden   walu utan heold,
  þæt him fela laf   frecne ne meahton
  scurheard sceþðan,   þonne scyldfreca
  ongean gramum   gangan scolde.
1035
  Heht ða eorla hleo   eahta mearas
  fætedhleore   on flet teon,
  in under eoderas.   þara anum stod
  sadol searwum fah,   since gewurþad;
  þæt wæs hildesetl   heahcyninges,
1040
  ðonne sweorda gelac   sunu Healfdenes
  efnan wolde.   Næfre on ore læg
  widcuþes wig,   ðonne walu feollon.
  Ond ða Beowulfe   bega gehwæþres
  eodor Ingwina   onweald geteah,
1045
  wicga ond wæpna,   het hine wel brucan.
  Swa manlice   mære þeoden,
  hordweard hæleþa,   heaþoræsas geald
  mearum ond madmum,   swa hy næfre man lyhð,
  se þe secgan wile   soð æfter rihte.
1050
  ða gyt æghwylcum   eorla drihten
  þara þe mid Beowulfe   brimlade teah
  on þære medubence   maþðum gesealde,
  yrfelafe,   ond þone ænne heht
  golde forgyldan,   þone ðe Grendel ær
1055
  mane acwealde,   swa he hyra ma wolde,
  nefne him witig god   wyrd forstode
  ond ðæs mannes mod.   Metod eallum weold
  gumena cynnes,   swa he nu git deð.
  Forþan bið andgit   æghwær selest,
1060
  ferhðes foreþanc.   Fela sceal gebidan
  leofes ond laþes   se þe longe her
  on ðyssum windagum   worolde bruceð.
  þær wæs sang ond sweg   samod ætgædere
  fore Healfdenes   hildewisan,
1065
  gomenwudu greted,   gid oft wrecen,
  ðonne healgamen   Hroþgares scop
  æfter medobence   mænan scolde
  be Finnes eaferum,   ða hie se fær begeat,
  hæleð Healfdena,   Hnæf Scyldinga,
1070
  in Freswæle   feallan scolde.
  Ne huru Hildeburh   herian þorfte
  Eotena treowe;   unsynnum wearð
  beloren leofum   æt þam lindplegan,
  bearnum ond broðrum;   hie on gebyrd hruron,
1075
  gare wunde.   þæt wæs geomuru ides!
  Nalles holinga   Hoces dohtor
  meotodsceaft bemearn,   syþðan morgen com,
  ða heo under swegle   geseon meahte
  morþorbealo maga,   þær heo ær mæste heold
1080
  worolde wynne.   Wig ealle fornam
  Finnes þegnas   nemne feaum anum,
  þæt he ne mehte   on þæm meðelstede
  wig Hengeste   wiht gefeohtan,
  ne þa wealafe   wige forþringan
1085
  þeodnes ðegna;   ac hig him geþingo budon,
  þæt hie him oðer flet   eal gerymdon,
  healle ond heahsetl,   þæt hie healfre geweald
  wið Eotena bearn   agan moston,
  ond æt feohgyftum   Folcwaldan sunu
1090
  dogra gehwylce   Dene weorþode,
  Hengestes heap   hringum wenede
  efne swa swiðe   sincgestreonum
  fættan goldes,   swa he Fresena cyn
  on beorsele   byldan wolde.
1095
  ða hie getruwedon   on twa healfa
  fæste frioðuwære.   Fin Hengeste
  elne, unflitme   aðum benemde
  þæt he þa wealafe   weotena dome
  arum heolde,   þæt ðær ænig mon
1100
  wordum ne worcum   wære ne bræce,
  ne þurh inwitsearo   æfre gemænden
  ðeah hie hira beaggyfan   banan folgedon
  ðeodenlease,   þa him swa geþearfod wæs;
  gyf þonne Frysna hwylc   frecnan spræce
1105
  ðæs morþorhetes   myndgiend wære,
  þonne hit sweordes ecg   seðan scolde.
  Ad wæs geæfned   ond icge gold
  ahæfen of horde.   Herescyldinga
  betst beadorinca   wæs on bæl gearu.
1110
  æt þæm ade wæs   eþgesyne
  swatfah syrce,   swyn ealgylden,
  eofer irenheard,   æþeling manig
  wundum awyrded;   sume on wæle crungon.
  Het ða Hildeburh   æt Hnæfes ade
1115
  hire selfre sunu   sweoloðe befæstan,
  banfatu bærnan   ond on bæl don
  eame on eaxle.   Ides gnornode,
  geomrode giddum.   Guðrinc astah.
  Wand to wolcnum   wælfyra mæst,
1120
  hlynode for hlawe;   hafelan multon,
  bengeato burston,   ðonne blod ætspranc,
  laðbite lices.   Lig ealle forswealg,
  gæsta gifrost,   þara ðe þær guð fornam
  bega folces;   wæs hira blæd scacen.
1125
  Gewiton him ða wigend   wica neosian,
  freondum befeallen,   Frysland geseon,
  hamas ond heaburh.   Hengest ða gyt
  wælfagne winter   wunode mid Finne
  eal unhlitme.   Eard gemunde,
1130
  þeah þe he ne meahte   on mere drifan
  hringedstefnan;   holm storme weol,
  won wið winde,   winter yþe beleac
  isgebinde,   oþðæt oþer com
  gear in geardas,   swa nu gyt deð,
1135
  þa ðe syngales   sele bewitiað,
  wuldortorhtan weder.   ða wæs winter scacen,
  fæger foldan bearm.   Fundode wrecca,
  gist of geardum;   he to gyrnwræce
  swiðor þohte   þonne to sælade,
1140
  gif he torngemot   þurhteon mihte
  þæt he Eotena bearn   inne gemunde.
  Swa he ne forwyrnde   woroldrædenne,
  þonne him Hunlafing   hildeleoman,
  billa selest,   on bearm dyde,
1145
  þæs wæron mid Eotenum   ecge cuðe.
  Swylce ferhðfrecan   Fin eft begeat
  sweordbealo sliðen   æt his selfes ham,
  siþðan grimne gripe   Guðlaf ond Oslaf
  æfter sæsiðe,   sorge, mændon,
1150
  ætwiton weana dæl;   ne meahte wæfre mod
  forhabban in hreþre.   ða wæs heal roden
  feonda feorum,   swilce Fin slægen,
  cyning on corþre,   ond seo cwen numen.
  Sceotend Scyldinga   to scypon feredon
1155
  eal ingesteald   eorðcyninges,
  swylce hie æt Finnes ham   findan meahton
  sigla, searogimma.   Hie on sælade
  drihtlice wif   to Denum feredon,
  læddon to leodum.   Leoð wæs asungen,
1160
  gleomannes gyd.   Gamen eft astah,
  beorhtode bencsweg;   byrelas sealdon
  win of wunderfatum.   þa cwom Wealhþeo forð
  gan under gyldnum beage,   þær þa godan twegen
  sæton suhtergefæderan;   þa gyt wæs hiera sib ætgædere,
1165
  æghwylc oðrum trywe.   Swylce þær Unferþ þyle
  æt fotum sæt frean Scyldinga;   gehwylc hiora his ferhþe treowde,
  þæt he hæfde mod micel,   þeah þe he his magum nære
  arfæst æt ecga gelacum.   Spræc ða ides Scyldinga:
  "Onfoh þissum fulle,   freodrihten min,
1170
  sinces brytta!   þu on sælum wes,
  goldwine gumena,   ond to Geatum spræc
  mildum wordum,   swa sceal man don.
  Beo wið Geatas glæd,   geofena gemyndig,
  nean ond feorran   þu nu hafast.
1175
  Me man sægde   þæt þu ðe for sunu wolde
  hererinc habban.   Heorot is gefælsod,
  beahsele beorhta;   bruc þenden þu mote
  manigra medo,   ond þinum magum læf
  folc ond rice,   þonne ðu forð scyle
1180
  metodsceaft seon.   Ic minne can
  glædne Hroþulf,   þæt he þa geogoðe wile
  arum healdan,   gyf þu ær þonne he,
  wine Scildinga,   worold oflætest;
  wene ic þæt he mid gode   gyldan wille
1185
  uncran eaferan,   gif he þæt eal gemon,
  hwæt wit to willan   ond to worðmyndum
  umborwesendum ær   arna gefremedon."
  Hwearf þa bi bence   þær hyre byre wæron,
  Hreðric ond Hroðmund,   ond hæleþa bearn,
1190
  giogoð ætgædere;   þær se goda sæt,
  Beowulf Geata,   be þæm gebroðrum twæm.
  Him wæs ful boren   ond freondlaþu
  wordum bewægned,   ond wunden gold
  estum geeawed,   earmreade twa,
1195
  hrægl ond hringas,   healsbeaga mæst
  þara þe ic on foldan   gefrægen hæbbe.
  Nænigne ic under swegle   selran hyrde
  hordmaððum hæleþa,   syþðan Hama ætwæg
  to þære byrhtan byrig   Brosinga mene,
1200
  sigle ond sincfæt;   searoniðas fleah
  Eormenrices,