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--The Queen Speaks-- Then Wealhtheow came out under a golden crown to where the good men sat nephew and uncle at that time there was peace between the two each still true to the other Unferth the spokesman sat at Hrothgars feet-- everyone considered him brave in spirit though he had not been kind to his kin at the swords play Spoke then the queen of the Danes Receive this cup my dear lord giver of treasure Be in joy gold friend of men and speak to these Geats with kind words as men should do Be gracious to the Geats and mindful of the gifts you have from near and far A man said to me that he would have this warrior for a son Herot the bright ring hall is purged Give while you can many rewards and leave to your kin people and land when you must go to learn fates decree I know my nephew Hrothulf will keep his honor if you king of the Danes leave this world earlier that he I know Hruthulf will remember what we two wish and the kindness we showed when he was a child Wealhtheow turned then to the bench where her sons were Hrethric and Hrothmund children of warriors the youth together There the good ones sat Beowulf of the Geats and the two brothers To him the cup was carried and friendship offered in words Wound gold was kindly bestowed two arm ornaments shirts of mail rings and the largest neck ring I have heard tell of on the earth I have not heard of any greater hoard-treasures under the sky since Hama carried away to his bright fortress the necklace of the Brosings He fled a treacherous quarrel from the king of the East Goths with the ornament and its setting choosing everlasting gain This is the ring Hygelac of the Geats grandson of Swerting uncle of
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