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THE HERETIC, by            
First Line: He gives to death world-prejudice. World-woe
Last Line: To seek a truce of heaven with heaven's god.
Subject(s): Faith; God; Heresy; Belief; Creed; Heretics

HE GIVES to death world-prejudice. World-woe
Therefore upon its witless gods is crying
Never to spare, nor suffer more the lying
Counsels, contentions of this human foe:
It is not right that he should teach them so,
That worship of the runes is reason dying,
That for the spirit there is satisfying
Not in the formal Yea, but faithful No.

Aroused, those apathetic gods would hearken
What time they shook the stupor of the years,
And, making human lovelight droop and darken,
Crush out the rebel in a night of fears—
Not now, not now! Nay—they are gone abroad
To seek a truce of heaven with heaven's God.

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