become the willing but unwitting tool
of those who, caring not a whit for the halidom
he had constructed to the glory of God’s rule,
cared only to advance their earthly kingdom.
In youth, like his sad ancient counterpart, he had cried
against idolatry, but in old age, pride prevailed –
inviting Babylon’s emissaries in, he crucified
the Son afresh and, at Babylon’s golden altars, dallied.