A Poem on The Liberation of Lindisfarne
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"Liberation of Lindisfarne"
08 June 793 C.E. / 1043 R.E.
Longships linger at Lindisfarne.
Dragon-boats deliver doom to Draug-devotees.*
May the mauling be mighty!
Coward Christ’s cringing cattle-
Mannaz made Fehu by a foul foreign faith.
Relics wrested from wretched worshippers;
Plunder plucked from pious prudes.
Forefathers’ faith forsworn:
Christ cannot help and Woden won’t!
Fools’ fane** flares in flames.
Victorious Vikings voyage on.
Mighty the mauling meted out!
* Draug (Old Norse draugR, Modern Icelandic draugur, Norwegian draug is a ghost or more precisely a walking corpse. With a capital “D” it’s “their risen lord.” :-)
** Fane, from the Latin fanum is an archaic/poetic word meaning “temple.” Here, of course it is the burning monastery church.
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