Beowulf (Harrison and Sharp)/The Fight at Finnsburh

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The Fight at Finnsburh
Anonymous
Source: Beowulf, James A. Harrison and Robert Sharp, eds. (1883) from Project Gutenberg


THE ATTACK IN FINNSBURG.[edit]

". . . . . . . . . . . næs byrnað nǣfre."
Hleoðrode þā heaðo-geong cyning:
"Ne þis ne dagað ēastan, ne hēr draca ne flēogeð,
ne hēr þisse healle hornas ne byrnað,
ac fēr forð berað fugelas singað,  5
gylleð grǣg-hama, gūð-wudu hlynneð,
scyld scefte oncwyð. Nū scȳneð þes mōna
waðol under wolcnum; nū ārīsað wēa-dǣda,
þē þisne folces nīð fremman willað.
Ac onwacnigeað nū, wīgend mīne,  10
hebbað ēowre handa, hicgeað on ellen,
winnað on orde, wesað on mōde!"
Þā ārās monig gold-hladen þegn, gyrde hine his swurde;
þā tō dura ēodon drihtlīce cempan,
Sigeferð and Eaha, hyra sweord getugon,  15
and æt ōðrum durum Ordlāf and Gūðlāf,
and Hengest sylf; hwearf him on lāste.
Þā gīt Gārulf Gūðere styrode,
þæt hīe swā frēolīc feorh forman sīðe
tō þǣre healle durum hyrsta ne bǣran,  20
nū hyt nīða heard ānyman wolde:
ac hē frægn ofer eal undearninga,
dēor-mōd hæleð, hwā þā duru hēolde.
"Sigeferð is mīn nama (cwæð hē), ic eom Secgena lēod,
wrecca wīde cūð. Fela ic wēana gebād,  25
heardra hilda; þē is gȳt hēr witod,
swæðer þū sylf tō mē sēcean wylle."
Þā wæs on wealle wæl-slihta gehlyn,
sceolde cēlod bord cēnum on handa
bān-helm berstan. Buruh-þelu dynede,  30
oð þæt æt þǣre gūðe Gārulf gecrang,
ealra ǣrest eorð-būendra,
Gūðlāfes sunu; ymbe hine gōdra fela.
Hwearf flacra hrǣw hræfn, wandrode
sweart and sealo-brūn; swurd-lēoma stōd  35
swylce eal Finns-buruh fȳrenu wǣre.
Ne gefrægn ic nǣfre wurðlīcor æt wera hilde
sixtig sige-beorna sēl gebǣran,
ne nǣfre swānas swētne medo sēl forgyldan,
þonne Hnæfe guldon his hæg-stealdas.  40
Hig fuhton fīf dagas, swā hyra nān ne fēol
driht-gesīða, ac hig þā duru hēoldon.
Þā gewāt him wund hæleð on wæg gangan,
sǣde þæt his byrne ābrocen wǣre,
here-sceorpum hrōr, and ēac wæs his helm þyrl.  45
Þā hine sōna frægn folces hyrde,
hū þā wīgend hyra wunda genǣson
oððe hwæðer þǣra hyssa . . . . . . .