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May Thy Enemies Be Dispersed

A 55 year-old with a metal detector found 1,500 pieces of Anglo-Saxon booty in a field in Birmingham, England. Archaeologists say this is a staggering discovery and will redefine perceptions of Anglo-Saxon England (5th century AD to the Norman conquest of 1066).

As I read the AP report of this find, I was struck by a of small strip of gold (pictured below) inscribed with a warlike Latin quotation from the Old Testament, which translates as:

“Rise up, O Lord, and may thy enemies be dispersed and those who hate thee be driven from thy face.”

Makes me think of a Samuel Jackson as a medieval Anglo-Saxon quoting Ezekiel 25:17:  

…I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.

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