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ys dogor pu gepyld hafa weana gehwylces, swa ic pe wene to." Ahleop a se gomela, gode pancode, mihtigan drihtne, p«s se man gespr«c. pa w«s Hrogare hors geb«ted, wicg wundenfeax. Wisa fengel geatolic gende; gumfepa stop lindh«bbendra. Lastas w«ron «fter waldswapum wide gesyne, gang ofer grundas, heo gegnum for ofer myrcan mor, magopegna b«r pone selestan sawolleasne para pe mid Hrogare ham eahtode. Ofereode pa «pelinga bearn steap stanhlio, stige nearwe, enge anpaas, uncu gelad, neowle n«ssas, nicorhusa fela. He feara sum beforan gengde wisra monna wong sceawian, opp«t he f«ringa fyrgenbeamas ofer harne stan hleonian funde, wynleasne wudu; w«ter under stod dreorig ond gedrefed. Denum eallum w«s, winum Scyldinga, weorce on mode to gepolianne, egne monegum, oncy eorla gehw«m, sypan «scheres on pam holmclife hafelan metton. Flod blode weol (folc to s«gon), hatan heolfre. Horn stundum song fuslic fyrdleo. Fepa eal ges«t.

Gesawon a «fter w«tere wyrmcynnes fela, sellice s«dracan, sund cunnian, swylce on n«shleoum nicras licgean, a on undernm«l oft bewitiga sorhfulne si on seglrade, wyrmas ond wildeor; hie on weg hruron,

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bitere ond gebolgne, bearhtm ongeaton, guhorn galan. Sumne Geata leod of flanbogan feores getw«fde, ygewinnes, p«t him on aldre stod herestr«l hearda; he on holme w«s sundes pe s«nra, e hyne swylt fornam. Hr«pe wear on yum mid eoferspreotum heorohocyhtum hearde genearwod, nia gen«ged, ond on n«s togen, wundorlic w«gbora; weras sceawedon gryrelicne gist. Gyrede hine Beowulf eorlgew«dum, nalles for ealdre mearn. Scolde herebyrne hondum gebroden, sid ond searofah, sund cunnian, seo e bancofan beorgan cupe, p«t him hildegrap hrepre ne mihte, eorres inwitfeng, aldre gescepan;

ac se hwita helm hafelan werede, se pe meregrundas mengan scolde, secan sundgebland since geweorad, befongen freawrasnum, swa hine fyrndagum worhte w«pna smi, wundrum teode, besette swinlicum, p«t hine sypan no brond ne beadomecas bitan ne meahton.

N«s p«t ponne m«tost m«genfultuma p«t him on earfe lah yle Hrogares; w«s p«m h«ftmece Hrunting nama. p«t w«s an foran ealdgestreona; ecg w«s iren, atertanum fah, ahyrded heaposwate; n«fre hit «t hilde ne swac manna «ngum para pe hit mid mundum bewand, se e gryresias gegan dorste, folcstede fara; n«s p«t forma si p«t hit ellenweorc «fnan scolde.

Huru ne gemunde mago Ecglafes, eafopes cr«ftig, p«t he «r gespr«c wine druncen, pa he p«s w«pnes onlah selran sweordfrecan. Selfa ne dorste under ya gewin aldre genepan,

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drihtscype dreogan; p«r he dome forleas, ellenm^rum. Ne w«s p«m orum swa, sypan he hine to gue gegyred h«fde. Beowulf maelode, bearn Ecgpeowes: "Gepenc nu, se m«ra maga Healfdenes,

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snottra fengel, nu ic eom sies fus, goldwine gumena, hw«t wit geo spr«con, gif ic «t pearfe pinre scolde aldre linnan, p«t u me a w«re forgewitenum on f«der st«le.

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Wes pu mundbora minum magopegnum, hondgesellum, gif mec hild nime;

swylce pu a madmas pe pu me sealdest,

Hrogar leofa, Higelace onsend.

M«g ponne on p«m golde ongitan Geata dryhten,

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geseon sunu Hr«dles, ponne he on p«t sinc stara, p«t ic gumcystum godne funde beaga bryttan, breac ponne moste. Ond pu Unfer l«t ealde lafe, wr«tlic w«gsweord, widcune man

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heardecg habban; ic me mid Hruntinge dom gewyrce, ope mec dea nime." «fter p«m wordum Wedergeata leod efste mid elne, nalas ondsware bidan wolde; brimwylm onfeng

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hilderince. a w«s hwil d«ges «r he pone grundwong ongytan mehte. Sona p«t onfunde se e floda begong heorogifre beheold hund missera, grim ond gr«dig, p«t p«r gumena sum

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«lwihta eard ufan cunnode. Grap pa togeanes, gurinc gefeng atolan clommum. No py «r in gescod

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halan lice; hring utan ymbbearh, pœt heo pone fyrdhom urhfon ne mihte, locene leoosyrcan lapan fingrum.

Bœr pa seo brimwylf, pa heo to botme com, hringa pengel to hofe sinum, swa he ne mihte, no he pœs modig wœs, wœpna gewealdan, ac hine wundra pœs fela swencte on sunde, sœdeor monig hildetuxum heresyrcan brœc, ehton aglœcan. a se eorl ongeat pœt he in nisele nathwylcum wœs, pœr him nœnig wœter wihte ne scepede, ne him for hrofsele hrinan ne mehte fœrgripe flodes; fyrleoht geseah, blacne leoman, beorhte scinan. Ongeat pa se goda grundwyrgenne, merewif mihtig; mœgenrœs forgeaf hildebille, hond sweng ne ofteah, pœt hire on hafelan hringmœl agol grœdig guleo. a se gist onfand pœt se beadoleoma bitan nolde, aldre scepan, ac seo ecg geswac eodne œt pearfe; olode œr fela hondgemota, helm oft gescœr, fœges fyrdhrœgl; a wœs forma si deorum madme, pœt his dom alœg.

Eft wœs anrœd, nalas elnes lœt, mœra gemyndig mœg Hylaces. Wearp a wundenmœl wrœttum gebunden yrre oretta, pœt hit on eoran lœg, sti ond stylecg; strenge getruwode, mundgripe mœgenes. Swa sceal man don, ponne he œt gue gegan pence longsumne lof, na ymb his lif ceara. Gefeng pa be eaxle (nalas for fœhe mearn) Gugeata leod Grendles modor;

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br«gd pa beadwe heard, pa he gebolgen w«s, feorhgenilan, p«t heo on flet gebeah. Heo him eft hrape andlean forgeald grimman grapum ond him togeanes feng; oferwearp pa werigmod wigena strengest, fepecempa, p«t he on fylle wear.

Ofs«t pa pone selegyst ond hyre seax geteah, brad ond brunecg, wolde hire bearn wrecan, angan eaferan. Him on eaxle l«g breostnet broden; p«t gebearh feore, wi ord ond wi ecge ingang forstod.

H«fde a forsiod sunu Ecgpeowes under gynne grund, Geata cempa, nemne him heaobyrne helpe gefremede, herenet hearde, ond halig god geweold wigsigor; witig drihten, rodera r«dend, hit on ryht gesced yelice, sypan he eft astod. Geseah a on searwum sigeeadig bil, eald sweord eotenisc, ecgum pyhtig, wigena weormynd; p«t w«s w«pna cyst, buton hit w«s mare onne «nig mon oer to beadulace «tberan meahte, god ond geatolic, giganta geweorc. He gefeng pa fetelhilt, freca Scyldinga hreoh ond heorogrim hringm«l gebr«gd, aldres orwena, yrringa sloh, p«t hire wi halse heard grapode, banhringas br«c. Bil eal urhwod f«gne fl«schoman; heo on flet gecrong. Sweord w«s swatig, secg weorce gefeh.

Lixte se leoma, leoht inne stod, efne swa of hefene hadre scine rodores candel. He «fter recede wlat; hwearf pa be wealle, w«pen hafenade heard be hiltum Higelaces egn,

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