Passage from Beowulf

This is a passage from the ancient epic Beowulf that I quoted some time ago as a daily post, but I feel that the passage deserves a larger and more detailed quote. So here it is from Francis Barton Gummere’s translation, with a recording. “Whiles they vowed in their heathen fanes altar-offerings, asked with words […]

Beowulf Quote

Such was their practice, a heathen hope; Hell possessed their hearts and minds: the Maker was unknown to them, the Judge of all actions, the Almighty was unheard of, they knew not how to praise the Prince of Heaven, the Wielder of Glory. Woe to him who must in terrible trial entrust his soul to […]