...That Holy Island, Lindisfarne,
Was raided by some Norsemen
From across the grey North Sea.
The destruction was outrageous,
And explains, in part at least,
The Viking's reputation
As a dirty savage beast.
Yes, the Vikings rowed in longships
Which had special narrow hulls,
But they didn't wear horned helmets,
And they didn't drink from skulls.
They worshipped lots of deities,
Were pagan, so to speak,
But they knew of engineering,
And they took baths once a week.
In fact, they were quite cultured,
But one thing's very clear.
They attacked and they invaded,
AND THEY WERE NOT WANTED HERE...