Grendel’s Mother Drags Beowulf to the Bottom Of The Lake   via Uncouth Reflections
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"A few miles from herea frost-stiffened wood waits and keeps watchabove a mere; the overhanging bankis a maze of tree-roots mirrored in its surface.At night there, something uncanny happens:the water burns. And the mere bottomhas never been sounded by the sons of men.On its bank, the heather-stepper halts:the hart in flight from pursuing houndswill turn to face them with firm-set hornsand die in the wood rather than divebeneath its surface. That is no good place.”
Beowulf, trans. Seamus Heaney

Grendel’s Mother Drags Beowulf to the Bottom Of The Lake   via Uncouth Reflections

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"A few miles from here
a frost-stiffened wood waits and keeps watch
above a mere; the overhanging bank
is a maze of tree-roots mirrored in its surface.
At night there, something uncanny happens:
the water burns. And the mere bottom
has never been sounded by the sons of men.
On its bank, the heather-stepper halts:
the hart in flight from pursuing hounds
will turn to face them with firm-set horns
and die in the wood rather than dive
beneath its surface. That is no good place.”

Beowulf, trans. Seamus Heaney