Thursday, August 27, 2009

My Beowulf, Fitts 26 and 27

Here are fitts 26 and 27, lines 1818 (fol. 169v) to 1963 (fol. 173r). Fitt 27 begins with cwom in all caps, for what it's worth.
Beowulf maþelode bearn ecgþeowes nu we sæliðend secgan wyllað feorran cumene þæt we fundiaþ higelac secan wæron her tela willum bewenede þu us wel dohtest.

Gif ic þonne on eorþan owihte mæg þinre modlufan maran tilian – gumena dryhten ðonne ic gyt dyde guðgeweorca ic beo gearo sona – gif ic þæt ge-*fricge ofer floda begang þæt þec ymbsittend egesan þywað swa þec hetende hwilum dydon.

Ic ðe þusenda þegna bringe hæleþa to helpe ic on higelac wat geata dryhten þeah ðe he geong sy folces hyrde þæt he mec fremman wile wordum ond worcum þæt ic þe wel herige ond þe to geoce garholt bere mægenes fultum þær ðe bið manna þearf gif him þonne hreþric to hofum geata geþingeð þeodnes bearn he mæg þær fela – freonda findan feorcyþðe beoð selran gesohte þæm þe him selfa deah.

Hroðgar maþelode him on ondsware þe þa wordcwydas wigtig drihten on sefan sende ne hyrde ic snotorlicor on swa geongum feore guman þingian þu eart mægenes strang ond on mode frod wis wordcwida wen ic talige gif þæt gegangeð þæt ðe gar nymeð hild heorugrimme hreþles eaferan adl oþðe iren ealdor ðinne folces hyrde ond þu þin feorh hafast – þæt þe *sâegeatas selran næbben to geceosenne cyning ænigne hordweard hæleþa gyf þu healdan wylt maga rice me þin modsefa licað leng swa wel leofa beowulf hafast þu gefered þæt þam folcum sceal geata leodum ond gardenum sib gemæne ond sacu restan inwitniþas þe hie ær drugon wesan þenden ic wealde widan rices maþmas gemæne manig oþerne godum gegretan ofer ganotes bæð sceal hringnaca ofer heafu bringan lâc ond luftacen ic þa leode wât ge wið feond ge wið freond fæste geworhte æghwæs untæle ealde wisan – ða git him eorla hleo inne gesealde mago healfdenes maþmas .xii. het hine mid þæm lacum leode swæse secean on gesyntum snude eft cuman gecyste þa cyning æþelum gôd þeoden scyldinga ðegn betstan ond be healse genam hruron him tearas blondenfeaxum him wæs bega wen ealdum in-*frodum oþres swiðor þæt hie seoððan no geseon moston modige on meþle wæs him se man to þon leof þæt he þone breostwylm forberan ne mehte – ac him on hreþre hygebendum fæst æfter deorum men dyrne langað – beorn wið blode him beowulf þanan guðrinc goldwlanc græsmoldan træd since hremig sâegenga bad agendfrean se þe on ancre râd þa wæs on gange gifu hroðgares oft geæhted þæt wæs an cyning æghwæs orleahtre oþþæt hine yldo benam mægenes wynnum se þe oft manegum scod.

.XXVII.
CWOM þa to flode felamodigra hægstealdra heap hringnet bæron locene leoðosyrcan landweard onfand eftsið eorla swa he ær dyde no he mid hearme of hliðes nosan *gæs[tas] grette ac him togeanes rad cwæð þæt wilcuman wedera leodum scaþan scîrhame to scipe foron – þa wæs on sande sâegeap naca hladen herewædum hringedstefna mearum ond maðmum mæst hlifade ofer hroðgares hordgestreonum he þæm batwearde bunden golde swurd gesealde þæt he syðþan wæs on meodubence maþme þy weorþra yrfelafe gewat him on naca drefan deop wæter dena land ofgeaf – þa wæs be mæste merehrægla sum segl sale fæst sundwudu þunede no þær wegflotan wind ofer yðum siðes getwæfde sægenga for fleat famigheals forð ofer yðe bundenstefna ofer brimstreamas þæt hie geata clifu ongitan meahton cuþe næssas ceol up geþrang lyftgeswenced on lande stod – hraþe wæs æt *holme hyðweard geara se þe ær lange tid leofra manna fus æt faroðe feor wlatode sælde to sande sidfæþme scip oncerbendum fæst þy læs hym yþa ðrym wudu wynsuman forwrecan meahte het þa up beran æþelinga gestreon frætwe ond fætgold næs him feor þanon to gesecanne sinces bryttan – higelac hreþling þær æt ham wunað selfa mid gesiðum sâewealle neah bold wæs betlic bregorof cyning heah in healle hygd swiðe geong wis welþungen þeah ðe wintra lyt under burhlocan gebiden hæbbe hæreþes dohtor næs hio hnah swa þeah ne to gneað gifa geata leodum maþmgestreona mod þryðo wæg fremu folces cwen firen ondrysne nænig þæt dorste deor geneþan swæsra gesiða nefne sinfrea þæt hire an dæges eagum starede ac him wælbende – *weotode tealde handgewriþene hraþe seoþðan wæs æfter mundgripe mece geþinged þæt hit sceadenmæl scyran moste cwealmbealu cyðan ne bið swylc cwenlic þeaw idese to efnanne þeah ðe hio ænlicu sy þætte freoðuwebbe feores onsæce æfter ligetorne leofne mannan huru þæt onhohsnode hemminges mæg ealodrincende oðer sædan þæt hio leodbealewa læs gefremede inwitniða syððan ærest wearð gyfen goldhroden geongum cempan æðelum diore syððan hio offan flet ofer fealone flod be fæder lare siðe gesohte ðær hio syððan well in gumstole gode mære lifgesceafta lifigende breac – hiold heahlufan wið hæleþa brego ealles moncynnes mine gefræge þone selestan bi sæm tweonum eormencynnes forðam offa *wæs geofum ond guðum garcene man wide geweorðod wisdome heold eðel sinne þonon eomer wôc hæleðum to helpe hemminges mæg nefa gârmundes niða cræftig:—

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