DRUID, the last one, mutters
CRUEL invective against the newcomers, whose numbers and power
SWELL like the seas, pushing them out like
SNAKEs slithering, seeking warmth.

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    1. Thanks! I originally wanted to work in a line about Patrick driving out the snakes and a last glance at Stonehenge, but the pedant in me was afraid of anachronism.

      It didn’t come through as clearly as I wanted, but I had in mind missionaries driving out the Old Ways like the disruption in Ephesus when the silversmiths were in danger of going out of business.

        1. There wasn’t anything to miss; it didn’t make the final edition. I started down that road, but ended up going in a slightly different direction.

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