Tuesday, August 4, 2009

My Beowulf, Fitt 16: Traveling by Sea

Here is fitt 16, a long one covering roughly lines 1050 (fol.152v) to 1124 (154v):
Ða gyt æghwylcum eorla drihten þara þe mid beowulfe brimlade teah on þære medubence maþðum gesealde yr*felafe ond þone ænne heht golde forgyldan þone ðe grendel ær 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 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 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 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 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 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 þeodnes ðegne – 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 dogra gehwylce dene weorþode hengestes heap hringum wenede efne swa swiðe sincgestreonum fættan goldes swa he fresena cyn on beorsele byldan wolde – ða hie getruwedon on twa healfa fæste frioðuwærefin hengeste elne unflitme aðum *benemde – þæt he þa wealafe weotena dome arum heolde þæt ðær ænig mon 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 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 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 hire selfre sunu sweoloðe befæstan bânfatu bærnan ond on bæl don eame on eaxle ides gnornode geomrode giddum guðrinc astah – wand *to wolcnum wælfyra mæst hlynode for hlawe hafelan multon – bengeato burston ðonne blôd ætspranc – laðbite lices lig ealle forswealg gæsta gifrost þara ðe þær guð fornam bega folces wæs hira blæd scacen.

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