‘First and foremost, let the Almighty Father
be thanked for this sight. I suffered a long
harrowing by Grendel. But the Heavenly Shepherd
can work His wonders always and everywhere…
I adopt you in my heart as a dear son.
Nourish and maintain this new connection,
you noblest of men; there’ll be nothing you’ll want for,
no worldly goods that won’t be yours.
I have often honored smaller achievements,
recognized warriors not nearly as worthy,
lavished rewards on the less deserving.
But you have made yourself immortal
by your glorious action.’

Beowulf, Seamus Heaney (trans.)

Lines 927-954: Hrothgar is speaking about Beowulf and his actions of killing Grendel. He praises Beowulf for his deeds, saying they have ensured his name will live forever.