- what if God requires indeed, For cause yet unrevealed,
Assent to one fixed form of creed,
Such as I cannot yield?
- God made for Christ's sake a test-- To take or leave the crust,
That only he may have the best
Who licks the serpent-dust?
- no; the words I will not say With the responding folk;
I at his feet a heart would lay,
Not shoulders for a yoke.
He were no lord of righteousness
Who subjects such would gain
As yield their birthright for a mess
Of liberty from pain!
"And wilt thou bargain then with Him?"
The priest makes answer high.
'Tis thou, priest, makest the sky dim:
My hope is in the sky.