Dieu Li Vult

Urban II Preaches the Crusade

November;
The stones of Claremont frosted gray,
And Christendom assembled there
Divided.
The shepherd flaming in his robes
Stood forth and urged upon his sheep
A holy war.
He spoke of Saracens, temples, fame:
He spoke and Christendom arose
United.
With solemn power he raised his arms
And looked upon his war-like flock.
“God wills it!”
He called with voice of stern command.
A thousand voices thundered back
With bloody might
“God wills it!”

copyright 2000 by j. bennett carnahan jr

(Medieval Sourcebook: The First Crusade)

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4 comments on “Dieu Li Vult

  1. Davis says:

    I was just randomly thinking of this poem the other day – walking through the train station, the words “Dieu li vult” just popped into my head. Funny you decided to post it.

  2. When I read through this, the ending seemed a little choppy. Maybe it should read:

    …With solemn power he raised his arms
    And looked upon his war-like flock.
    “God wills it!”
    He called, with a voice of stern command.
    And a thousand voices thundered back
    With bloody might,
    “God wills it!”

    Better? Worse?

  3. Kat says:

    Smart Ass :)

  4. que? whyfor ‘smart ass’? articles matter, dammit!

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