|19 And built a way in for the aVandals and Goths.
20 Of course, you know more about history than Rome,
21 And you're wise to their legion of sins,
22 Which is why you're so ready to give up the fight,
23 Now that you've been on top for a while.
24 But where is the bfaith that cost you your might,
25 And the cempire you'll sire when you fire the guard at the gates?
CHAPTER 131 You can laugh just as loud at the Christian ways,
2 Of dBubonites and eBarbarians,
3 And even fExplorers and gGiants.
4 But they never gave up,
5 When the worst came to pass,
6 And more unbelievable yet,
7 They didn't give up when they'd done something great,
8 Which has to be a hmiracle,
9 For a criminal race like ours.
CHAPTER 141 The Barbarians borrowed the ways that they found,
2 And started all over when new ways looked good.
3 They broke what would break,
4 iAnd used what survived,
5 Till they learned how to build,
6 Which took them a long time to do.
7 They made about a jmillion mistakes,
8 Drenched their fields with oceans of kblood,
9 And they struggled in ldarkness with not enough tools,
||10 To fix some of the lanterns they'd msmashed.
11 But their faith was a force that endured through it all,
12 And their courage was nmythic and fierce.
13 They paid their way with osacrifice,
14 And gave pall they had for their Christ,
15 Scorning the comforts of earth's easy joys,
16 For a promise of qlife in the time after death.
17 So you have been taught to smile at their zeal,
18 Now that God is revealed as a farcical rphase,
19 In man's suicide sduel against nature,
20 And you think of barbarians hardly at all,
21 Except to say, with sarcastic grin,
22 "Thank God I'm not with them."
23 For if you were alive in the time back then,
24 You just might waste all your precious days,
25 Building cathedrals that wouldn't be done,
26 Till your grandchildren's children were dust in their graves.
27 And, of course, you're entitled to scoff at their ways,
28 Since even a fool can see,
29 That your life is much better spent than theirs,
30 Who built tChartres for a myth,
31 And a ukingdom of lies in the dark.
CHAPTER 151 And then there were the Bubonites,