A Life

A Life
An adventure
Great love to win and to give
Lies to unmask and truth to unveil
A place to earn at the table of the Gods
Good and trusty comrades in a hard fight
Strength tested and not found wanting
Victory against impossible odds
Evil defeated and the peace won
A life worthy of life

For these things give thanks at nightfall:
The day gone, a guttered torch,
A sword tested, the troth of a maid,
Ice crossed, ale drunk.