Front Page Titles (by Subject) XLIII.: OF THE BURIAL OF BEOWULF. - The Tale of Beowulf, sometime King of the Folk of the Weder Geats
XLIII.: OF THE BURIAL OF BEOWULF. - 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.
OF THE BURIAL OF BEOWULF.
- FOR him then they geared, the folk of the Geats,
- A pile on the earth all unweaklike that was,
- With war-helms behung, and with boards of the battle,
- And bright byrnies, e’en after the boon that he bade.
- Laid down then amidmost their king mighty-famous
- The warriors lamenting, the lief lord of them.
- Began on the burg of bale-fires the biggest
- The warriors to waken: the wood-reek went up
- Swart over the smoky glow, sound of the flame
- Bewound with the weeping (the wind-blending stilled),
- Until it at last the bone-house had broken
- Hot at the heart. All unglad of mind
- With mood-care they mourned their own liege lord’s quelling.
- Likewise a sad lay the wife of aforetime
- For Beowulf the king, with her hair all up-bounden,
- Sang sorrow-careful; said oft and over
- That harm-days for herself in hard wise she dreaded,
- The slaughter-falls many, much fear of the warrior,
- The shaming and bondage. Heaven swallow’d the reek.
- Wrought there and fashion’d the folk of the Weders
- A howe on the lithe, that high was and broad,
- Unto the wave-farers wide to be seen:
- Then it they betimber’d in time of ten days,
- The battle-strong’s beacon; the brands’ very leavings
- They bewrought with a wall in the worthiest of ways,
- That men of all wisdom might find how to work.
- Into burg then they did the rings and bright sun-gems,
- And all such adornments as in the hoard there
- The war-minded men had taken e’en now;
- The earls’ treasures let they the earth to be holding,
- Gold in the grit, wherein yet it liveth,
- As useless to men-folk as ever it erst was.
- Then round the howe rode the deer of the battle,
- The bairns of the athelings, twelve were they in all.
- Their care would they mourn, and bemoan them their king,
- The word-lay would they utter and over the man speak:
- They accounted his earlship and mighty deeds done,
- And doughtily deem’d them; as due as it is
- That each one his friend-lord with words should belaud,
- And love in his heart, whenas forth shall he
- Away from the body be fleeting at last.
- In such wise they grieved, the folk of the Geats,
- For the fall of their lord, e’en they his hearth-fellows;
- Quoth they that he was a world-king forsooth,
- The mildest of all men, unto men kindest,
- To his folk the most gentlest, most yearning of fame.
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