IF THEY COME

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Will they come through the darkness? Will they come?

Or screaming with the dawning of the sun?

Is it time to fire the beacon?

Lest men’s resolve should weaken

Should we tell the boy to beat the battle drum?

 

Does that eastern glow mean Jarrow’s over-run

And presages the stinking Viking scum?

To visit us with thunder

To pillage, rape and plunder

Returning thence to Norway whence they come?

 

Will they nail our Christian priests to churches doors?

Will they take our women for their Saxon whores?

Our children as their slaves

Then sail across the waves

To raise them as a Viking for their wars?

 

In Northumbria our ancestors have dwelt

We took it from the Walha and the Celt

They were harried and were pressed

To their wastelands in the West

To no-one has a Saxon ever knelt.

 

But has the waning of the Sais begun?

Do we see the setting of our sun?

Has wyrd decreed our course

To flee before the Norse

Or will we stand like Saxons if they come?

If they come.

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John Coopey

Wed 1st Feb 2017 20:14

MC, Harry - you're both Johnny Foreigner to me. My ancestors watched the land bridge with mainland Europe submerge in the Neolithiv era.
Actually my ancestry is Dutch. "Coopey" comes from "kopje" meaning little head. I prefer my full job description of nobhead.

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M.C. Newberry

Wed 1st Feb 2017 13:53

Harry - be fair! My family research has only got back to
the 1700s so far! I hope to continue when funds allow.
Maybe a certain Boudica (?) will feature in due course?!

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Harry O'Neill

Tue 31st Jan 2017 22:02

John,
Exactly the right rhyme scheme for a battle rouser

(The words are a bit apprehensive though)


M.C...Do you realise that the Newburys came across with all those Saxon immigrants?

I`m pure British myself 😃

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John Coopey

Sun 29th Jan 2017 18:12

A classic case of fixture congestion for Harold, as Greg Freeman describes it.

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 29th Jan 2017 14:07

Words that resonate down the centuries and remind us how
often our islands have been regarded with acquisitive eyes
by many beyond these shores. Fast forward to the most
recent century!
Walking the shores of Northumbria, with Lindisfarne and
its castles Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh close by, brings
home how wild and remote this country must have been
when the Vikings appeared to divide and rule. If King
Harold had a more faithful brother and hadn't been
forced to take his army north to meet and defeat the
invaders, who knows whether there would ever have been
a William the Conqueror?

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