Beowulf

<p><p>Early History of the Danes<br>
<br>
Listen:<br>
You have heard of the Danish Kings<br>
in the old days and how <br>
they were great warriors.<br>
Shield, the son of Sheaf,<br>
took many an enemy’s chair,<br>
terrified many a warrior,<br>
after he was found an orphan.<br>
He prospered under the sky<br>
until people everywhere<br>
listened when he spoke.<br>
He was a good king!<br>
<br>
Shield had a son,<br>
child for his yard,<br>
sent by God<br>
to comfort the people,<br>
to keep them from fear–<br>
Grain was his name;<br>
he was famous <br>
throughout the North.<br>
Young princes should do as he did–<br>
give out treasures<br>
while they’re still young<br>
so that when they’re old<br>
people will support them<br>
in time of war.<br>
A man prospers<br>
by good deeds<br>
in any nation.<br>
<br>
Shield died at his fated hour,<br>
went to God still strong.<br>
His people carried him to the sea,<br>
which was his last request.<br>
In the harbor stood<br>
a well-built ship,<br>
icy but ready for the sea.<br>
They laid Shield there,<br>
propped him against the mast<br>
surrounded by gold<br>
and treasure from distant lands.<br>
I’ve never heard<br>
of a more beautiful ship,<br>
filled with shields, swords,<br>
and coats of mail, gifts <br>
to him for his long trip.<br>
No doubt he had a little more<br>
than he did as a child<br>
when he was sent out,<br>
a naked orphan in an empty boat.<br>
Now he had a golden banner<br>
high over his head, was,<br>
sadly by a rich people,<br>
given to the sea.<br>
The wisest alive can’t tell <br>
where a death ship goes.<br>
<br>
Grain ruled the Danes<br>
a long time after his father’s death,<br>
and to him was born<br>
the great Healfdene, fierce in battle,<br>
who ruled until he was old.<br>
Healfdene had four children–<br>
Heorogar, Hrothgar, Halga the Good,<br>
and a daughter who married<br>
Onela, King of the Swedes.<br>
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