Feast of Saint Thomas Becket, Martyr

Named by King Henry† as England’s Chancellor
Savored thfelicities of that career
‘Til chosen Prelate of Canterbury
Trad’d luxury for alms and piety
And well protect’d the Church’s authority
From thKing’s intrusions in its polity
The King raged, and his knights put thSaint to thsword
Leaving the martyr bloodied, hack’d, and gored

Douglass Bartley
December 29, 2013-Published December 30
† King Henry II. For an article on St. Thomas, see http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14676a.htm

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