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Nine Virtues

Sailing in their long ships with a dragon head on the bow
Vikings were a hardy people from a land of ice and snow

Known for their adventures far wide and across many seas
Bringing culture and beliefs, sailing from 950-1050 A.D.

Traders who settled, leaving their Danish homeland
Looking for a heaven found by the name of Vineland

In their Gods was a strong belief, by Odin they were lead
Blazing by the virtues of nine in their stead

TRUTH was a belief held in high regard, from deep within
In the sense of honesty- essential for kith and kin

Ruled by HONOR- morality more than reputation
Without regret these Vikings lived, no hesitation

Following in the ways of Frey, FIDELITY to the Gods
To their family and clan, they lived without facade

DISCIPLINE is the action to all beliefs they held fast
Personal will - their conquests to lands unsurpassed

The civilization practiced HOSPITALITY to unselfish ends
Never knew when on a cold night, one might need friends

INDUSTRIOUSNESS made the Vikings active with vitality 
Living each day to it's fullest, abundant morality

The clan could not survive without SELF RELIANCE
To do for one, is to do for all- tribe alliance

COURAGE and bravery to face life's struggles and PERSEVERE
Foraging upon strange lands and taming the new frontier.

Won 3rd place in the "Broad Horizons" contest by Deborah Guzzi
The Nine Noble Virtues of the Vikings.

A. Green

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  1. Date: 7/2/2010 9:01:00 AM
    I enjoyed this poem. Well written!! Thanks for reading my poetry.

  1. Date: 7/1/2010 6:30:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in the contest with this outstanding write, Amy!! They may even have traveled across ice sheets to settle in the NEast ... so much of history has been lost and seems never to be taught in school. Great write here !!

  1. Date: 6/30/2010 6:28:00 PM
    Amy, congratulations on your success with this neat entry! Intriguing how the 9 virtues of the Vikings are so similar to the virtues of Shaolin Kung-Fu!~Chris

  1. Date: 6/30/2010 2:42:00 PM
    Congrats Awesome Amy on your winning poem in Debbie's contest with this wonderful write.. enjoy your win.. lots of time put into this unique piece.. with luv from the "Sweetheart" in Hawaii..

  1. Date: 6/30/2010 2:05:00 PM
    What a wonderful entry, Amy!! Hooray for you!!

  1. Date: 6/30/2010 11:02:00 AM
    Congratulations Amy on your win in Deborah Guzzi's contest "Broad Horizons". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/30/2010 10:21:00 AM
    I knew this one would kick butt! Congrat's Amy!~Tirzah~

  1. Date: 6/30/2010 8:27:00 AM
    love those Vikings Amy, must be something to do with being a yorkshire born man, excellent poem, i'm sure will do very well in the contest. Harry

  1. Date: 6/30/2010 12:35:00 AM

  1. Date: 6/29/2010 9:48:00 AM
    This is a good one! Good luck in the contest: )

  1. Date: 6/29/2010 9:14:00 AM
    Wonderful expressions of the Viking Values! Good Luck in the contest!~Tirzah~

  1. Date: 6/29/2010 9:06:00 AM