to the people he loved, but to return promptly. 1870 And so the good and grey-haired Dane, that high-born king, kissed Beowulf and embraced his neck, then broke down in sudden tears. Two forebodings disturbed him in his wisdom, but one was stronger: nevermore would they meet each other face to face. And such was his affection that he could not help being overcome: his fondness for the man was so deep-founded, it warmed his heart and wound the heartstrings 1880tight in his breast. The embrace ended andBeowulf,glorious in his gold regalia, stepped the green earth. Straining at anchor and ready for boarding, his boat awaited him. So they went on their journey, and Hrothgar's generosity was praised repeatedly. He was a peerless king until old age sapped his strength and did him mortal harm, as it has done so many. Down to the waves then, dressed in the webThe Geats march of their chain-mail and warshirts the young men marchedac lot es ore 1890 in high spirits. The coast-guard spied them, thanes setting forth, the same as before. His salute this time from the top of the cliff was far from unmannerly; he galloped to meet them and as they took ship in their shining gear, he said how welcome they would be in Geatland. Then the broad hull was beached on the sand to be cargoed with treasure, horses and war-gear. The curved prow motioned; the mast stood high B E O W U L F 129 gfatewealthShortnessoflifegenerosity
above Hrothgar's riches in the loaded hold. 1900 The guard who had watched the boat was given a sword with gold fittings and in future days that present would make him a respected man at his place on the mead-bench. Then the keel plunged and shook in the sea; and they sailed from Denmark. Right away the mast was rigged with its sea-shawl;Theysailfrom sail-ropes were tightened, timbers drummedDenmar and stiff winds kept the wave-crosser skimming ahead; as she heaved forward, her foamy neck was fleet and buoyant, 1910 a lapped prow loping over currents, until finally the Geats caught sight of coastline and familiar cliffs. The keel reared up, wind lifted it home, it hit on the land. The harbour guardCame h u r r y i n g OUtThey arrive at to the rolling water: he had watched the offingHygelac's strmghM long and hard, on the lookout for those friends. With the anchor cables, he moored their craft right where it had beached, in case a backwash might catch the hull and carry it away. 1920 Then he ordered the prince's treasure-trove to be carried ashore. It was a short step from there to where Hrethel's son and heir, Hygelac the gold-giver, makes his home on a securecliff,in the company of retainers. The building was magnificent, the king majestic, ensconced in his hall; and although Hygd, his queen, B E O W U L F 131 SeaShawlappedlopingloyalty
was young, a few short years at court,Queen Hygd her mind was thoughtful and her manners sure.introduced.The story ofQueen Haereth's daughter behaved generouslyMoithryth,Hygd's 1930 and stinted nothing when she distributed°^osite'is told** 0thepoet bounty to the Geats.