Regina, Saskatchewan; Canada
Here is an example I began based on the prose from Chapter 1 in Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People, describing the situation of Britain. I hope to add more to it now and then.
The island, Britain, lying on the sea
That known as Albion of antiquity,
Northwest from Germany, and Spain and France,
Is set apart from Europe's largest lands,
Extending south to north and side to side
Eight hundred miles in length, two hundred wide.
This island offers many fruits and trees
And beasts of burden graze in grassy leas.
Some vineyards grow, and wells with many kinds
Of waterbirds and fish the trav'ller finds.
Porpoises, whales, and seals are caught here too,
And shellfish holding pearls of every hue.
From many cockles found, a dye is made,
A scarlet red that age can not degrade;
Nor sun nor rain may mar this colour rare
But growing more with age it grows more fair.
[This message has been edited by Essorant (10-29-2006 10:29 PM).]