Academic journal article English Journal

Adam Spoke First

Academic journal article English Journal

Adam Spoke First

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Adam spoke first

Significant in anyone's lexicon,

About Beowulf's God-given

Right to be king-first and only,

Man's right over the beast's push

For supremacy.

Sterling words from the root of all thought,

Cloudy heathen words hung out to dry

In the sunlight of a Christian overlay.

The monster, second best, relinquishes his head

To demonstrate the spirit of

True gift-giving;

Paves the way for the Mortal

Ring-bearer, so crowned, to keep up

His good works.

Maria spoke second

Typical both of nature and testament,

About Antigone's refusal to compromise,

Dignity be damned-

How back-seat driver of her.

Having a form of godliness

She denied the power thereof,

Became disobedient, unthankful, without natural


A truce-breaker, like a king

When she was really a silly woman,

Led captive, laden with sins,

Away from her house

Never to come to the knowledge of truth. …

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