The Deeds of Beowulf: An English Epic of the Eighth Century Done Into Modern Prose

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John Earle
Clarendon Press, 1892 - 203 pages
An early scholarly rendering of Beowulf into prose.
 

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Page 109 - ... SUNSET and evening star, And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea, But such a tide as moving seems asleep, Too full for sound and foam, When that which drew from out the boundless deep Turns again home. Twilight and evening bell, And after that the dark! And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark; For though from out our bourne of Time and Place The flood may bear me far, I hope to see my Pilot face to face When I have crossed the bar.
Page 161 - Then Apollyon, espying his opportunity, began to gather up close to Christian, and wrestling with him, gave him a dreadful fall ; and with that Christian's sword flew out of his hand. Then said Apollyon, I am sure of thee now ! and with that, he had almost pressed him to death, so that Christian began to despair of life.
Page 196 - Christian knights; and now I dare say," said Sir Ector, "that Sir Launcelot, there thou liest, thou were never matched of none earthly knight's hands; and thou were the courtliest knight that ever bare shield; and thou were the truest friend to thy lover that ever bestrode horse; and thou were the truest lover, of a sinful man, that ever loved woman; and thou were the kindest man that ever struck...
Page 108 - But when that moan had past for evermore, The stillness of the dead world's winter dawn Amazed him, and he groan'd, The King is gone.
Page 162 - And with that he had almost pressed him to death so that Christian began to despair of life. But, as God would have it, while Apollyon was fetching...
Page 169 - ... cloths ; every man sitting still until the king and his maskers came in among them again, every man being newly apparelled. Then the king took his seat under the cloth of estate, commanding no man to remove, but sit still, as they did before. Then in came a new banquet before the king's majesty, and to all the rest through the tables, wherein, I suppose, were served two hundred dishes or above, of wondrous costly meats and devices, subtilly devised.
Page 157 - Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down...
Page 135 - As some day it may happen that a victim must be found, I've got a little list I've got a little list Of society offenders who might well be underground, And who never would be missed who never would be missed!
Page 168 - I knew Of no more subtle master under heaven Than is the maiden passion for a maid, Not only to keep down the base in man, But teach high thought, and amiable words And courtliness, and the desire of fame, And love of truth, and all that makes a man.
Page 196 - ... with sword. And thou wert the goodliest person that ever came among press of knights. And thou wert the meekest man, and the gentlest, that ever ate in hall among ladies. And thou wert the sternest knight to thy mortal foe that ever put spear in the rest.

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