Athanasius Contra Mundum
Constantius said it first. It was a sneer—
But history embraced it as high praise.
Against the world in those uncertain days
You stood for what the future would hold dear,
O lonely pillar of the truth! In fear,
Others adopted temporizing ways.
They would have lost themselves then in the maze
That sprawled throughout the explication sphere.
You saved them – and you did it with a roar.
Politeness was a lie you wouldn’t tell
When faced with doctrines hopeless at their core.
You judged your adversaries by their smell.
You lashed out fiercely at their pointless lore.
The world that you opposed went straight to Hell.