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The Roman Centurion's Song

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Roman Occupation of Britain, A.D. 300


Legate, I had the news last night --my cohort ordered home
By ships to Portus Itius and thence by road to Rome.
I've marched the companies aboard, the arms are stowed below:
Now let another take my sword. Command me not to go!

I've served in Britain forty years, from Vectis to the Wall,
I have none other home than this, nor any life at all.

Last night I did not understand, but, now the hour draws near
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JudyP 05 May 2019

Makes me feel sad for this Roman Centurion, truly

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