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This paraphrase of Beowulf is offered as my own original of lines 2795 through 2802. It is not taken from any other translation.
To provide some background for the paraphrase, Beowulf has just succeeded in slaying the dragon and has died. His band of warriors are mounring his death. The bolded contains the original text, and the regular text contains the paraphrase.
deeds of the deed. So dutiful thanes
actions of the action. Then the obediant warriors
in liege to their lord mourn him with lays
in honor to their king grieve him with songs
praising his peerless prowess in battle
honoring his matchless skill in battle
as it is fitting when life leaves the flesh.
as it should be done when one dies
Heavey-hearted his hearth-companions
Woeful his fireside brothers
grieved for Beowulf, great among kings,
mourned for Beowulf, the greatest of kings,
mild in his mein, most gentle of men,
gentle in his death, most mild of men,
kindest to kinfolk, yet keenest for fame.
gracious to all people, yet intense for renown.
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