He came unbidden to the world
A stranger at our feast
He hoped he would destroy us all—
This unrelenting beast.

We didn’t know he was so strong
The blade, the blood, the rope
We only knew he wouldn’t win—
He didn’t count on hope.

He brought an unseen magic
Worked by Deity on high
With every stroke he grew our faith
And joy tinged every cry.

Sweet blessing sipped from poisoned glass
He schemed, we triumphed still
His voice grew hoarse with raging on
Ours held a quiet will.

How strange a fiend to share our bread
To calculate our ruin
He targeted our desperate clay
And left us madly human.

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