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Of Letters and of Sciences

Welcome! This is a blog about literature and books that are critical to any social discourse: literary, cultural, racial, gender-based. A blog for humanists, scholars, the curious, and thinkers and thinkeresses.

Hwæt

Hwæt wē Gār-Dena   in geār-dagum

 

þēod-cyninga   þrym gefrūnon,

 

hū đa æþelingas  ellen fremedon.

 

 

 

"So. The Spear-Danes in days gone by

and the kings who ruled them had courage and greatness."

 

 

-From Beowulf, translated from the Old English by Seamus Heaney.

 

 

See this (translation of hwæt as an mid-conversational word, not as an interjection):

http://www.mhpbooks.com/did-everyone-get-the-first-line-of-beowulf-wrong-or-did-seamus-heaney-get-it-right/