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It is time for me to go. May the Almighty Father keep you and in His kindness Watch over your exploits. I’m away to the sea, Back on alert against enemy raiders.
Where do you come from, carrying these Decorated shields and shirts of mail, These cheek-hinged helmets and javelins I am Hrothgar’s herald and officer. I have never seen so impressive or large An assembly of strangers. Stoutness of heart,Bravery not banishment, must have brought you to Hrothgar.
We are retainers From Hygelac’s band. Beowulf is my name. If your lord and master, the most renowned Son of Halfdane, will hear me out And graciously allow me to greet him in person, I am ready and willing to report my errand.
I will take this message, In accordance with your wish, to our noble king, Our dear lord, friend of the Danes, The giver of rings. I will go and ask him About your coming here, then hurry back With whatever reply it pleases him to give.
People from Geatland have put ashore. They call the chief in charge of their band By the name of Beowulf. They beg, my lord, An audience with you, exchange of words And formal greeting. they appear well-born And worthy of respect, especially the one Who has led them this far: he is formidable indeed.
He welcomes you here to Heorot And salutes your arrival from across the sea. You are free now to move forward To meet Hrothgar, in helmets and armor, But shields must stay here and spears be stacked Until the outcome of the audience is clear.
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