At first, the two celebrated and basked in their courageous success.
"Then the wound/ Dealt by the ground-burner earlier began/ To scald and swell; Beowulf discovered/ Deadly poison suppurating inside him," (2712-2715).
Wiglaf cleaned Beowulf's wounds with his own two hands. It seemed as if Beowulf was beginning to accept his own fate and had one last request...
Beowulf believed that the only way for him to depart with ease was to get a glimpse at the dragon's treasure one last time.
Wiglaf uncovered the trove which contained the stash of tangible happiness Beowulf had sought.
"So he came to the place, carrying the treasure,/ And found his lord bleeding profusely,/ His life at an end:" (2788-2790). He then proceeded to clean Beowulf's body once more and stared at the gold in despair.