Just finished watching a medieval movie, so what can you expect but a Beowulf style?

by J. Randal Matheny © 2011

Barbarians they were, in ages wild,
Believers of myth, practitioners of magic;
Full of violence, their crop was vice,
They lived to laugh and giggled at loss.

Trifles and baubles, while Rome was burning,
They played their games, raised debts at gambling;
Rabble all, each worse than the other,
No lords and ladies among them lived.

We judge them fast who went before us,
We know them well, their kin are we;
Our times are heartless, baser, harder —
Lord, raise and rescue a faithful remnant!

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