Twelve winters' space the Scyldings' dear lord endured anguish and every woe and sorrow deep.
Of this, of Grendel's deeds, the knight of Hygelac, esteemed among the Geats, heard in his home afar. He bade men prepare for him a good craft upon the waves. saying that over the waters where the swan rides he would seek the warrior king, since he had need of men.
Hail to thee Hrothgar... To me on my native soil the matter of Grendel became known and revealed. Thereupon the worthiest of my people and wise men counseled me to come to thee Hrothgar, for they had learned the power of my bodies strength.
Art thou Beowulf who strove with Breca in swimming upon the wide sea? He overmatched thee in swimming!
We two were together in the sea five nights space, until the tide drove us asunder. To the abyss drew me a destroying foe accursed. Nonetheless, it was granted to me to find that fell slayer with point of warlike sword. Breca never yet in the play of battle, nay neither of you twain, hath accomplished daring a deed.