Sunday, July 26, 2009

My Beowulf, Fitt 15: Feasting in the Ruins

This is fitt 15, lines 991-1049, fol. 151v-152v.
Ða wæs haten hreþe heort innanweard folmum gefrætwod fela þæra wæs wera ond wifa þe þæt winreced gestsele gyredon goldfag scinon 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 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 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 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 medoful manig magas þara swiðhicgende on sele þam hean hroðgar ond hroþulf heorot innan wæs freondum afylled nalles facenstafas þeodscyldingas þenden fremedon forgeaf þa beowulfe brand healfdenes segen gyldenne sigores to leane hroden hildecumbor helm ond byrnan mære maðþumsweord manige gesawon – beforan beorn beran beowulf geþah ful on flette – no he þære feohgyfte for scotendum scamigan ðorfte ne gefrægn ic freondlicor feower madmas golde gegyrede gummanna fela in ealobence oðrum gesellan – ymb þæs helmes hrof heafodbeorge wirum bewunden wala utan heold þæt him fela *laf frecne ne meahton scurheard sceþðan þonne scyldfreca ongean gramum gangan scolde.

Heht ða eorla hleo eahta mearas fætedhleore on flet teon – in under eoderas þara anum stod sadol searwum fâh since gewurþad þæt wæs hilde – setl heahcyninges 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 – 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.

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