They stretched their beloved lord in his boat,
laid out by the mast, amidships,
the great ring-giver. Far-fetched treasures
were piled upon him, and precious gear.
I never heard before of a ship so well furbished
with battle tackle, bladed weapons
and coats of mail. The massed treasure
was loaded on top of him: it would travel far
on out into the ocean’s sway.

Beowulf, Seamus Heaney (trans.)

Lines 34-42: The funeral of the Danis king Shield Sheafson, buried at sea. This passage deals with mortality and shows that no matter how noble and loved Shield was, he still was goig to die.