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Early History of the Danes Listen You have heard of the Danish Kings in the old days and how they were great warriors Shield the son of Sheaf took many an enemys chair terrified many a warrior after he was found an orphan He prospered under the sky until people everywhere listened when he spoke He was a good king Shield had a son child for his yard sent by God to comfort the people to keep them from fear-- Grain was his name he was famous throughout the North Young princes should do as he did-- give out treasures while theyre still young so that when theyre old people will support them in time of war A man prospers by good deeds in any nation Shield died at his fated hour went to God still strong His people carried him to the sea which was his last request In the harbor stood a well-built ship icy but ready for the sea They laid Shield there propped him against the mast surrounded by gold and treasure from distant lands Ive never heard of a more beautiful ship filled with shields swords and coats of mail gifts to him for his long trip No doubt he had a little more than he did as a child when he was sent out a naked orphan in an empty boat Now he had a golden banner high over his head was sadly by a rich people given to the sea The wisest alive cant tell where a death ship goes Grain ruled the Danes a long time after his fathers death and to him was born the great Healfdene fierce in battle who ruled until he was old Healfdene had four children-- Heorogar Hrothgar Halga the Good and a daughter who married Onela King of the Swedes Hrothgar Becomes King of the Danes After Hrothgar became king he won many battles his friends and family
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