Front Page Titles (by Subject) XL.: WIGLAF SENDETH TIDING TO THE HOST: THE WORDS OF THE MESSENGER. - The Tale of Beowulf, sometime King of the Folk of the Weder Geats
XL.: WIGLAF SENDETH TIDING TO THE HOST: THE WORDS OF THE MESSENGER. - 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.
WIGLAF SENDETH TIDING TO THE HOST: THE WORDS OF THE MESSENGER.
- THEN he bade them that war-work give out at the barriers
- Up over the sea-cliff, whereas then the earlhost
- The morning-long day sat sad of their mood,
- The bearers of war-boards, in weening of both things,
- Either the end-day, or else the back-coming
- Of the lief man. Forsooth he little was silent
- Of the new-fallen tidings who over the ness rode,
- But soothly he said over all there a-sitting:
- Now is the will-giver of the folk of the Weders,
- The lord of the Geats, fast laid in the death-bed,
- In the slaughter-rest wonneth he by the Worm’s doings.
- And beside him yet lieth his very life-winner
- All sick with the sax-wounds; with sword might he never
- On the monster, the fell one, in any of manners
- Work wounding at all. There yet sitteth Wiglaf,
- Weohstan’s own boy, over Beowulf king,
- One earl over the other, over him the unliving;
- With heart-honours holdeth he head-ward withal
- Over lief, over loath. But to folk is a weening
- Of war-tide as now, so soon as unhidden
- To Franks and to Frisians the fall of the king
- Is become over widely. Once was the strife shapen
- Hard ’gainst the Hugs, sithence Hygelac came
- Faring with float-host to Frisian land,
- Whereas him the Hetware vanquish’d in war,
- With might gat the gain, with o’er-mickle main;
- The warrior bebyrny’d he needs must bow down:
- He fell in the host, and no fretted war-gear
- Gave that lord to the doughty, but to us was aye sithence
- The mercy ungranted that was of the Merwing.
- Nor do I from the Swede folk of peace or good faith
- Ween ever a whit. For widely ’twas wotted
- That Ongentheow erst had undone the life
- Of Hætheyn the Hrethel’s son hard by the Raven-wood,
- Then when in their pride the Scylfings of war
- Erst gat them to seek to the folk of the Geats.
- Unto him soon the old one, the father of Ohthere,
- The ancient and fearful gave back the hand-stroke,
- Brake up the sea-wise one, rescued his bride,
- The aged his spouse erst, bereft of the gold,
- Mother of Onela, yea and of Ohthere;
- And follow’d up thereon his foemen the deadly,
- Until they betook them and sorrowfully therewith
- Unto the Raven-holt, reft of their lord.
- With huge host then beset he the leaving of swords
- All weary with wounds, and woe he behight them,
- That lot of the wretched, the livelong night through;
- Quoth he that the morrow’s morn with the swords’ edges
- He would do them to death, hang some on the gallows
- For a game unto fowl. But again befell comfort
- To the sorry of mood with the morrow-day early;
- Whereas they of Hygelac’s war-horn and trumpet
- The voice wotted, whenas the good king his ways came
- Faring on in the track of his folk’s doughty men.