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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.