During Diocletian's Clouded Reign, A Christian Exults In A Silver Lining

By cirumstance, we share the same geography;

in separated regions of the continent:

despising him, I may, at least, rejoice---content

that, someday, we shall have a final separation:

me to the joy of Christ's gift to me, sure Salvation;

and he into his equally assured damnation.

His actions have revealed his headlong destiny;

he has brought shame upon great Rome's ancient empire.

And when he stands, trembling, before the Father's throne---

without the Savior he rejected; all alone---

the angel, who throws him into the Lake, might tell

him, "Take a good, hard look at that . . . it is . . . your fire!'



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