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English is a language that wins wars.
English came to England with the Saxons
Into the space abandoned by the Romans
And drove the Celts into Wales
And made conquered women brides
Mothers of new generations nurtured Old English
Who spoke of Beowulf and fought the Vikings
Who burned the monasteries of Lindisfarne
And the Vikings took Saxon brides
And though the Norman Knights spoke French,
The kitchens and the barnyards were the language
That did the work as Chaucer captured tales that the English
Told to each other with beer around the bales in their barns
Building ships to sink the Spanish and take English
Across the Atlantic where it seeded generations
Who fought over liberty and rescued a world facing tyranny
And then took technology into a brave new world.
"Hark, what light through yonder window brakes?"