Front Page Titles (by Subject) XXXVII.: THEY TWO SLAY THE WORM. BEOWULF IS WOUNDED DEADLY: HE BIDDETH WIGLAF BEAR OUT THE TREASURE. - The Tale of Beowulf, sometime King of the Folk of the Weder Geats
XXXVII.: THEY TWO SLAY THE WORM. BEOWULF IS WOUNDED DEADLY: HE BIDDETH WIGLAF BEAR OUT THE TREASURE. - Beowulf, The Tale of Beowulf, sometime King of the Folk of the Weder Geats [750 AD]
The Tale of Beowulf, sometime King of the Folk of the Weder Geats, trans. William Morris and A.J. Wyatt (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1910).
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- The Story of Beowulf
- I.: And First of the Kindred of Hrothgar.
- II.: Concerning Hrothgar, and How He Built the House Called Hart. Also Grendel Is Told Of.
- III.: How Grendel Fell Upon Hart and Wasted It.
- IV.: Now Comes Beowulf Ecgtheow’s Son to the Land of the Danes, and the Wall-warden Speaketh With Him.
- V.: Here Beowulf Makes Answer to the Land-warden, Who Showeth Him the Way to the King’s Abode.
- VI.: Beowulf and the Geats Come Into Hart.
- VII.: Beowulf Speaketh With Hrothgar, and Telleth How He Will Meet Grendel.
- VIII.: Hrothgar Answereth Beowulf and Biddeth Him Sit to the Feast.
- IX.: Unferth Contendeth In Words With Beowulf.
- X.: Beowulf Makes an End of His Tale of the Swimming. Wealhtheow, Hrothgar’s Queen, Greets Him; and Hrothgar Delivers to Him the Warding of the Hall.
- XI.: Now Is Beowulf Left In the Hall Alone With His Men.
- XII.: Grendel Cometh Into Hart: of the Strife Betwixt Him and Beowulf.
- XIII.: Beowulf Hath the Victory: Grendel Is Hurt Deadly and Leaveth Hand and Arm In the Hall.
- XIV.: The Danes Rejoice; They Go to Look On the Slot of Grendel, and Come Back to Hart, and On the Way Make Merry With Racing and the Telling of Tales.
- XV.: King Hrothgar and His Thanes Look On the Arm of Grendel. Converse Betwixt Hrothgar and Beowulf Concerning the Battle.
- XVI.: Hrothgar Giveth Gifts to Beowulf.
- XVII.: They Feast In Hart. the Gleeman Sings of Finn and Hengest.
- XVIII.: The Ending of the Tale of Finn.
- XIX.: More Gifts Are Given to Beowulf. the Brising Collar Told Of.
- XX.: Grendel’s Dam Breaks Into Hart and Bears Off Aeschere.
- XXI.: Hrothgar Laments the Slaying of Aeschere, and Tells of Grendel’s Mother and Her Den.
- XXII.: They Follow Grendel’s Dam to Her Lair.
- XXIII.: Beowulf Reacheth the Mere-bottom In a Day’s While, and Contends With Grendel’s Dam.
- XXIV.: Beowulf Slayeth Grendel’s Dam, Smiteth Off Grendel’s Head, and Cometh Back With His Thanes to Hart.
- XXV.: Converse of Hrothgar With Beowulf.
- XXVI.: More Converse of Hrothgar and Beowulf: the Geats Make Them Ready For Departure.
- XXVII.: Beowulf Bids Hrothgar Farewell: the Geats Fare to Ship.
- XXVIII.: Beowulf Comes Back to His Land. of the Tale of Thrytho.
- XXIX.: Beowulf Tells Hygelac of Hrothgar: Also of Freawaru His Daughter.
- XXX.: Beowulf Forebodes Ill From the Wedding of Freawaru: He Tells of Grendel and His Dam.
- XXXI.: Beowulf Gives Hrothgar’s Gifts to Hygelac, and By Him Is Rewarded. of the Death of Hygelac and of Heardred His Son, and How Beowulf Is King of the Geats: the Worm Is First Told Of.
- XXXII.: How the Worm Came to the Howe, and How He Was Robbed of a Cup; and How He Fell On the Folk.
- XXXIII.: The Worm Burns Beowulf’s House, and Beowulf Gets Ready to Go Against Him. Beowulf’s Early Deeds In Battle With the Hetware Told Of.
- XXXIV.: Beowulf Goes Against the Worm. He Tells of Herebeald and HÆthcyn.
- XXXV.: Beowulf Tells of Past Feuds, and Bids Farewell to His Fellows. He Falls On the Worm, and the Battle of Them Begins.
- XXXVI.: Wiglaf Son of Weohstan Goes to the Help of Beowulf: NÆgling, Beowulf’s Sword, Is Broken On the Worm.
- XXXVII.: They Two Slay the Worm. Beowulf Is Wounded Deadly: He Biddeth Wiglaf Bear Out the Treasure.
- XXXVIII.: Beowulf Beholdeth the Treasure and Passeth Away.
- XXXIX.: Wiglaf Casteth Shame On Those Fleers.
- Xl.: Wiglaf Sendeth Tiding to the Host: the Words of the Messenger.
- Xli.: More Words of the Messenger. How He Fears the Swedes When They Wot of Beowulf Dead.
- Xlii.: They Go to Look On the Field of Deed.
- Xliii.: of the Burial of Beowulf.
THEY TWO SLAY THE WORM. BEOWULF IS WOUNDED DEADLY: HE BIDDETH WIGLAF BEAR OUT THE TREASURE.
- THEN heard I that at need of the high king of folk
- The upright earl made well manifest might,
- His craft and his keenness as kind was to him;
- The head there he heeded not (but the hand burned
- Of that man of high mood when he helped his kinsman),
- Whereas he now the hate-guest smote yet a deal nether,
- That warrior in war-gear, whereby the sword dived,
- The plated, of fair hue, and thereby fell the flame
- To minish thereafter, and once more the king’s self
- Wielded his wit, and his slaying-sax drew out,
- The bitter and battle-sharp, borne on his byrny;
- Asunder the Weder’s helm smote the Worm midmost;
- They felled the fiend, and force drave the life out,
- And they twain together had gotten him ending,
- Those athelings sib. E’en such should a man be,
- A thane good at need. Now that to the king was
- The last victory-while, by the deeds of himself,
- Of his work of the world. Sithence fell the wound,
- That the earth-drake to him had wrought but erewhile,
- To swell and to sweal; and this soon he found out,
- That down in the breast of him bale-evil welled,
- The venom withinward; then the Atheling wended,
- So that he by the wall, bethinking him wisdom,
- Sat on seat there and saw on the works of the giants,
- How that the stone-bows fast stood on pillars,
- The earth-house everlasting upheld withinward.
- Then with his hand him the sword-gory,
- That great king his thane, the good beyond measure,
- His friend-lord with water washed full well,
- The sated of battle, and unspann’d his war-helm.
- Forth then spake Beowulf, and over his wound said,
- His wound piteous deadly; wist he full well,
- That now of his day-whiles all had he dreed,
- Of the joy of the earth; all was shaken asunder
- The tale of his days; death without measure nigh:
- Unto my son now should I be giving
- My gear of the battle, if to me it were granted
- Any ward of the heritage after my days
- To my body belonging. This folk have I holden
- Fifty winters; forsooth was never a folk-king
- Of the sitters around, no one of them soothly,
- Who me with the war-friends durst wend him to greet.
- And bear down with the terror. In home have I abided
- The shapings of whiles, and held mine own well.
- No wily hates sought I; for myself swore not many
- Of oaths in unright. For all this may I,
- Sick with the life-wounds, soothly have joy.
- Therefore naught need wyte me the Wielder of men
- With kin murder-bale, when breaketh asunder
- My life from my lyke. And now lightly go thou
- To look on the hoard under the hoar stone,
- Wiglaf mine lief, now that lieth the Worm
- And sleepeth sore wounded, beshorn of his treasure;
- And be hasty that I now the wealth of old time,
- The gold-having may look on, and yarely behold
- The bright cunning gems, that the softlier may I
- After the treasure-weal let go away
- My life, and the folk-ship that long I have held.