Someday I must atone for what I’ve done
In the name of the father and the son:
I do not bring peace but I bring a sword—
Witness heaven and hell in one accord.
Abandon that family – follow me:
I will atone for this inequity.
Forgive me, for I do blaspheme today—
I will give my answer on Judgment Day.
But there is a lesson I must learn
Before receiving punishment I earn:
If I should grow again with each mistake
Then I should be condemned for my own sake,
So I may revel in sacred knowledge
I encounter in sinful tutelage.
I inherit my sense of right and wrong
Not from a bequest which didn’t belong
To me, but from what I earned honestly
Through my schooling in blunt conformity
With the blinded oracle of Nature.
I therefore know myself as a creature
Abused by God and cast into a pit
For transcending my ignorant spirit.
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