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Thusnelda

Robbed in a lonely night
- the daughter of Segestes –
Robbed by a prince
Robbed by the leader of Cherusks

She became his wife
- the wife of Arminius –
Hero of the Varus battle
Who´d slaid three legions in the Teutonic forests

Thusnelda – a woman of pride
Thusnelda – as secret to hide

In year sixteen
Rome sends Germanicus for revenge
The German princess, captured and ...
- the princess of the Cherusks –
Brought to Rome and imprisoned

Thusnelda – a woman of pride
Thusnelda – as secret to hide

"No tear ran over her cheek
No request humbled her mouth
She pressed her hands in her garments
And looked speechless on her pregnant body"

In prison, her son catched sight of light
- Thumelicus, son of Arminius –
At triumphal march she walks in chains
The young child at her hand

Thusnelda – a woman of pride
Thusnelda – as secret to hide

She died, alone, in prison
Her son was slaughtered in the gladiators´ arena
An end unworthy of a German prince.

© Roger Zacharias

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