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words and of works, if he thinks clearly. I hear and judge that this is a force friendly to the lord of the Scyldings. You have my leave to go forth bearing weapons. I will guide you. And I shall bid my band of young thanes to guard with honors against all enemies your sea-going vessel, the new-tarred ship there on the sand—until once again it bears its noble seafarer over streams of the deep, in the wound-wood prow to the land of the Weders, a good people, as it may be granted by fate
attendant, speaking formal words with force from his helmet: “We are Hygelac’s drinking-bowl companions. Beowulf is my name. I wish to speak to the son of Healfdene, the renowned king, your own great ruler, about my goal in coming, if he will grant that we may meet with such a gracious lord.” Then spoke Hrothgar’s herald, Wulfgar the Wendel, whose honor was known among many men, with his valor and wisdom: “I will go in to the king to discuss with the friend and lord of the Danes, the
our people’s treasures, and savor prosperity, win fame through your skill, and give my sons here your friendly counsel. I shall remember to give you reward. For what you did here, men will forever sing songs of praise, both near and far-off, even as far as the sea flows round the headlands, the home of the winds. Be ever blessed while you live, a noble lord. I promise to give liberally to you from our treasure-hoard. O happy man, I ask of you that you always act kindly toward my sons!
battles while in the strength of my youth, yet still I wish, as old protector of my people, to seek out this fight, to win great glory, if the man-slaying monster will come out of his cave to meet me in battle.” Then he saluted the company, his beloved comrades, the courageous heroes with helmets strapped on, for the last time: “I would not wish to bear a sword, a weapon against the dragon, if I knew another way to fulfill my boast, to grapple with this beast, as I did against Grendel a
epic. 4 (p. 3, lines 20-25) The young man did as he ought.... shall a man prosper among all the peoples: This is one of numerous comments the poet-narrator makes on the proper behavior for a ruler and his followers. In his Germania (about 98 C.E.), the Roman historian Tacitus refers to a code of behavior between commander and follower as comitatus. According to Tacitus, the good ruler gives out gifts, and the followers are bound in loyalty to stand by the ruler in time of need. Such gift-giving