My parents taught me that courage and conviction are a man’s most potent weapons… but I’ll take a sword and shield over sentiments any day.
… A Legionnaire’s ode
If fates be bitter, and today I fall,
then let it be with sword arm drawn.
Let my heart hold sure and strong,
let my spirit gladden soldier’s song.
And let them sing of my last stand,
that I fell, with sword in hand.