"What. We Spear-danes in days of yore,
tribe-kings, glory heard
how those nobles did great deeds"
Seamus Heaney, whose version is I think the best, transliterated it like this:
"So. The Spear-danes in days gone by
and the kings who ruled them had courage and greatness.
We have heard of those princes' heroic campaigns."
These are the first three lines of the epic Beowulf, the most complete poetic work known in Old English.