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The Roman Senate's Gore
The Roman Curia became a church.
Once soaked with blood, as Shakespeare dramatized
For us, Great Caesar, shocked, was stabbed, then lurched
And died. And Romans were antagonized.
From this so many have philosophized
Of fame and tyranny. O, be not like
The Caesars with their lusts. They moralized
Perhaps, but were not truly wise. A pike
Of gospel truth sent flying--now the strike
Does pierce the pagan breast-decisive! Here
The preaching did prevail--the sermon like
A sword divided joints and marrow. Fear
Lest Roman ways return. Be sanctified!
To pagan Roman ways--O, be not tied.