Athens feared the cloutless Socrates,
Because he said what he had to say;
He drank the hemlock cheerfully,
And Athens is known by him today.
Wycliff wrote the word of god
In the English tongue;
Burnt at the stake, he is now
The English immortals among.
Copernicus found god’s own earth
Moving round the sun;
The truth of his discovery
Pushed back religion.
Darwin disastrously dislodged
The postulates of Creation;
Reviled, he remains our beacon light
To undefeated education.
Why may we then acquiesce tonguelessly
To the pulpit and the throne?
Darker the times the brighter
The light of truth has shone.