Afterwards a boy-child was sent to Shield,
a cub in the yard, a comfort sent
by God to that nation. He knew what they had tholed,
the long times and troubles they’d come through
without a leader; so the Lord of Life,
the glorious Almighty, made this man renowned.

Beowulf, Seamus Heaney (trans.)

Lines 12-17: The poet attributes the feats of great men to God’s favor and the divine plan.