Introduction of the Danes
So. The Spear-Danes in days gone by
And the kings who ruled them had courage and greatness.
We have heard of those prince’s heroic campaigns.
There was Shield Sheafson, scourge of many tribes,
A wrecker of mead-benches, rampaging among foes.
This terror of the hall-troops had come far.
A foundling to start with, he would flourish later on
As his powers waxed and his worth was proved.
In the end each clan on the outlying coats
Beyond the whale-road had to yield to him
And begin to pay tribute. That was one good king.
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