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Hwæt! Wé Gárdena in géardagum
Listen! We --of the Spear-Danes in the days of yore,
þéodcyninga þrym gefrúnon·
of those clan-kings-- heard of their glory.
hú ðá æþelingas ellen fremedon.
how those nobles performed courageous deeds.
Oft Scyld Scéfing sceaþena þréatum
Often Scyld, Scef's son, from enemy hosts 5
monegum maégþum meodosetla oftéah·
from many peoples seized mead-benches;
egsode Eorle syððan aérest wearð
and terrorised the fearsome Heruli after first he was
féasceaft funden hé þæs frófre gebád·
found helpless and destitute, he then knew recompense for that:-
wéox under wolcnum· weorðmyndum þáh
he waxed under the clouds, throve in honours,
oð þæt him aéghwylc þára ymbsittendra
until to him each of the bordering tribes
ofer hronráde hýran scolde,
beyond the whale-road had to submit, 10
gomban gyldan· þæt wæs gód cyning.
and yield tribute:- that was a good king!