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Harbouring the Holy…


Nemed of Scythia

went westward until he reached

the Great North Ocean.


Thirty-Four vessels his number,

with thirty in each ship.


While sailing there appeared

a golden tower on the sea close by.


When the sea ebbed

the tower appeared above it,

but when the sea flowed

it covered the tower.


Nemed went with his people

toward it for greed of the gold.


In a fervour of covetousness

they failed to notice

the sea filling round them.


The eddy took their ships from them

all save a few

who Nemed and his children

rescued by dint of rowing.


Eighteen months

adrift on the sea

until they reached Albion.


They still remain.



6 thoughts on “Harbouring the Holy…”

  1. What an intriguing tale. And isn’t it interesting that so many peoples coming to a shore for the first time come in search for gold or riches that they believe will be there. And it is intriguing that the land itself caused their ships to be lost and that was how these people ended up in Albion? I wonder how true this is of many other cultures that came in search of these things. Thank you for this intriguing tale. The land and the stones seem to have lives and powers of their own.

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