Etched

Forge-created, etched in image fair.

Heated, glowing, pounded down in place:

form and likeness of the royal heir

Payed in secret and in open air.

Merchants nod to see the well-known face:

forge created, etched in image fair.

Jostle carried; through the open square

a group of scholars clustered, in a space:

the form and likeness of the royal Heir

They cloy a question, speak with cunning care:

“Should one pay to Caesar—in this case—

this forge created, etched in image fair?”

Held aloft that all might be aware

“Whose image does this little copper trace?”

“The form and likeness of the royal heir.”

“Then give to Caesar all his image bears

but give to God His due. Do not misplace

that forge-created etched in image fair:

it bears the form and likeness of the Heir.”

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