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Anglo-Saxon Christian Poetry

The Dream of Rood is one of the early Anglo-Saxon Christian poems dating back to the 8th century.    The poem is riveting.   It was  clear attempt to evangelized the warrior like culture of Nordic people.

The Dream of the Rood (Cross)

I saw then the Savior of mankind
hasten with great zeal as if he wanted to climb up on me…

He stripped himself then, young hero -that was God almighty-
strong and resolute; he ascended on the high gallows,
brave in the sight of many, when he wanted to ransom mankind

Translation taken from the Book of Viking Myths by Peter Archer.

For full poem:  https://anglosaxonpoetry.camden.rutgers.edu/dream-of-the-rood/

Happy Lent to everyone!

Caleb

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An instant

In an instant it all fell apart.

With a word that refused to take flight.

A moment soon gone.

For my words lingered on my lips for far too long.

A moment crying mercy!

But left behind, wasted in foolish hesitation

O, cruel inhumanity so afraid and lost

Was there any other way in which pride was not so blind?

Caleb
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Impatience

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Impatient as always
you don’t let time

have its way

willing to walk into oblivion
you lose sight and run wild

drifting into your own thoughts
like there is no end to the world

if only you had a clue
how long it takes

to heal a hurt.

Instead, you try to hide
the ghosts that haunt you

unaware that I can still see them
trembling in your eyes

don’t be afraid

for time always have its way.

Caleb
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Life

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I know, I know, how hard it is

but for all the stars that shine
and the flowers that bloom

there is nothing more precious
than the light of her eyes.

Not even the sounds of the ocean
nor its gentle breeze

there is nothing more precious
than the laughter of her smile.

I know, I know, how hard it is

but if it is a miracle
when a star is born

it fails to compare
to the cry of a newborn.

Caleb
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