#2915. Beowulf の冒頭52行[beowulf][link][oe][literature][popular_passage][oe_text]


 「#2893. Beowulf の冒頭11行」 ([2017-03-29-1]) で挙げた11行では物足りなく思われたので,有名な舟棺葬 (ship burial) の記述も含めた Beowulf 冒頭の52行を引用したい.舟棺葬とは,6--11世紀にスカンディナヴィアとアングロサクソンの文化で見られた高位者の葬法である.
 原文は Jack 版で.現代英語訳は Norton Anthology に収録されているアイルランドのノーベル文学賞受賞詩人 Seamus Heaney の版でお届けする.

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Hwæt, wē Gār-Denain geārdagum,So. The Spear-Danes in days gone by
þēodcyningaþrym gefrūnon,and the kings who ruled them had courage and greatness.
hū ðā æþelingasellen fremedon.We have heard of those princes' heroic campaigns.
   Oft Scyld Scēfingsceaþena þrēatum,   There was Shield Sheafson, scourge of many tribes,
5monegum mǣgþummeodosetla oftēah,a wrecker of mead-benches, rampaging among foes.
egsode eorl[as],syððan ǣrest wearðThis terror of the hall-troops had come far.
fēasceaft funden;hē þæs frōfre gebād,A foundling to start with, he would flourish later on
wēox under wolcnum,weorðmyndum þāh,as his powers waxed and his worth was proved.
oðþæt him ǣghwylc þ[ǣr]ymbsittendraIn the end each clan on the outlying coasts
10ofer hronrādehȳran scolde,beyond the whale-road had to yield to him
gomban gyldan.Þæt wæs gōd cyning!and begin to pay tribute. That was one good king.
Ðǣm eafera wæsæfter cenned   Afterward a boy-child was born to Shield,
geong in geardum,þone God sendea cub in the yard, a comfort sent
folce tō frōfre;fyrenðearfe ongeatby God to that nation. Hew knew what they had tholed,
15þ[e] hīe ǣr drugonaldor[lē]asethe long times and troubles they'd come through
lange hwīle.Him þæs Līffrēa,without a leader; so the Lord of Life,
wuldres Wealdendworoldāre forgeaf;the glorious Almighty, made this man renowned.
Bēowulf wæs brēme---blǣd wīde sprang---Shield had fathered a famous son:
Scyldes eaferaScedelandum in.Beow's name was known through the north.
20Swā sceal [geong g]umagōde gewyrcean,And a young prince must be prudent like that,
fromum feohgiftumon fæder [bea]rme,giving freely while his father lives
þæt hine on yldeeft gewunigenso that afterward in age when fighting starts
wilgesīþasþonne wīg cume,steadfast companions will stand by him
lēode gelǣsten;lofdǣdum scealand hold the line. Behavior that's admired
25in mǣgþa gehwǣreman geþēon.is the path to power among people everywhere.
   Him ðā Scyld gewāttō gescæphwīle,   Shield was still thriving when his time came
felahrōr fēranon Frēan wǣre.and he crossed over into the Lord's keeping.
Hī hyne þā ætbǣrontō brimes faroðe,His warrior band did what he bade them
swǣse gesīþas,swā hē selfa bæd,when he laid down the law among the Danes:
30þenden wordum wēoldwine Scyldinga;they shouldered him out to the sea's flood,
lēof landfrumalange āhte.the chief they revered who had long ruled them.
Þǣr æt hȳðe stōdhringedstefnaA ring-whorled prow rode in the harbor,
īsig ond ūtfūs,æþelinges fær;ice-clad, outbound, a craft for a prince.
ālēdon þālēofne þēoden,They stretched their beloved lord in his boat,
35bēaga bryttanon bearm scipes,laid out by the mast, amidships,
mǣrne be mæste.Þǣr wæs mādma felathe great ring-giver. Far-fetched treasures
of feorwegum,frætwa gelǣded;were piled upon him, and precious gear.
ne hȳrde ic cȳmlīcorcēol gegyrwanI never heard before of a ship so well furbished
hildewǣpnumond heaðowǣdum,with battle-tackle, bladed weapons
40billum ond byrnum;him on bearme lægand coats of mail. The massed treasure
mādma mænigo,þā him mid scoldonwas loaded on top of him: it would travel far
on flōdes ǣhtfeor gewītan.on out into the ocean's sway.
Nalæs hī hine lǣssanlācum tēodan,They decked his body no less bountifully
þēodgestrēonum,þon þā dydonwith offerings than those first ones did
45þe hine æt frumsceafteforð onsendonwho cast him away when he was a child
ǣnne ofer ȳðeumborwesende.and launched him alone out over the waves.
Þā gȳt hie him āsettonsegen g[yl]denneAnd they set a gold standard up
hēah ofer hēafod,lēton holm beran,high above his head and let him drift
gēafon on gārsecg.Him wæs geōmor sefa,to wind and tide, bewailing him
50murnende mōd.Men ne cunnonand mourning their loss. No man can tell,
secgan tō sōðe,selerǣden[d]e,no wise man in hall or weathered veteran
hæleð under heofenum,hwā þǣm hlæste onfēng.knows for certain who salvaged that load.

 ・ Jack, George, ed. Beowulf: A Student Edition. Oxford: Clarendon, 1994.
 ・ Greenblatt, Stephen, ed. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. 8th ed. New York:: Norton, 2006.

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