Saturday, September 29, 2012

More Beowulf!

I think I bit off a bit more than I should have today... nevertheless, here's more Beowulf, in case anyone's interested. If you guys like it, I'll keep posting as I translate. I'd like to have the whole poem translated within a year.

To Scyld Scefing a son was granted,
an heir to his house, 
sent by God as a comfort to the people, 
for they had suffered long
with no Lord to love or lead them.

The Life-Lord, Wielder of Glory,
gave honor and renown to that boy.
Beow was his name,
father to the father to the father of Beowulf
of whom our story is told.

Scyld's heir was known and loved
far and wide, and why?
Young men could learn from him.

The young hero gave splendid gifts
to his dear companions
so that when war came
they would stand by his side
to defend the people.

In lands everywhere,
by lofty deeds
will a man prosper.

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