The Opening of Beowulf
(Old English with word-for-word Mod English translation)
Lo! We Spear-Danes in days-of-yore
Hwæt! Wē Gār-Dena in ġeārdagum,
of-kings of the people glory have heard-of
þēod-cyninga, þrym ġefrūnon,
how those princes deeds-of-courage accomplished.
hū ðā æþelingas ellen fremedon.
Often Scyld Scefing of-foes hosts
Oft Sċyld Sċefing sċeaþena þrēatum,
many peoples of-mead-beaches deprived
monegum mǽgþum, meodo-setla oftēah,
terrified warriors, after he first was
egsode eorlas, syððan ǽrest wearð
destitute discovered; he awaited comfort for this,
fēasċeaft funden; hē þæs frōfre gebād,
grew under the clouds, in-glory prospered
wēox under wolcnum, weorðmyndum þāh,
until to him each of those neighbors
oðþæt him ǽġhwylc þāra ymbsittendra
over the whale’s-riding obey had-to
ofer hron-rāde hýran scolde,
pay tribute. That was a good king.
gomban gyldan. Þæt wæs gōd cyning.