Lo! Through the years, I’ve become a skeptic;
Rusting unburnished, like th’aged Ulysses.
The sharpness of my mind has turned septic;
The breath in my lungs has become a wheeze.
Yet the strength in my fist still begs to fight,
To once again tear Grendel limb from limb.
The sins of my past haunt me like a wight,
Could it be that I earned a curse from them?
I know it’s sin to commit murder, Lord,
I hold thy commandments by my bedside,
Yet they had caused injury further, Lord,
And so their punishment was eye-for-eye.
But now I hear my Geatish men burning
At the hands of an insatiable beast,
And I wonder if these Christian learnings
Are just the ruse of some fraudulent priest.
For it was my will that slayed these monsters,
Not the holy relics of olden times.
Mayhaps it be you were an imposter
To convict one’s enemies of false crimes.
But what the truth is, Lord, I do not know.
All that I can do is reap what I sow.
And if this cruel dragon would kill my men
Then I think it’s high time I kill again.
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