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Daniel's Answer to the King, Briton Riviere

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Daniel's Answer to the King, Briton Riviere

Zealous were prefect and satrap 
Jealous of Daniel’s promotions.
Aligned there they sat, perfecting a trap
Designed 'round his godly devotions.

“Except to me, no petitions allowed!”
“Accept it as law,” King Darius uttered.
Preying they sat, their target not cowed
Praying Daniel knelt, still unshuttered.

Ho! their wily ruse worked and they tattled.
So while he's off to the den in a riot,
Weeping Darius rues his rule, quite rattled.
Sleeping lions raise no din, all is quiet.

Unarmed Daniel stayed there ‘til morning
Unharmed, came up whole from the hole.
The bold king quit his night’s mourning –
“Behold, Your God has delivered your soul.” 

Futile officials take their fair turn in the lair;
Brutal beasts, now awake, seize their prize.
At bay no longer, the lions share the fare.
That day sees God’s vengeance so wise.

based on the account in Daniel 6:1-24

to accompany the painting by Briton Riviere, Daniel's Answer to the King, 
it seems Daniel continues to pray to his God inside the lion's den

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  1. Date: 7/22/2013 11:56:00 AM
    I like the way you wrote this,,,, congrats on the win ;} and thank you for reading Alcohol ;} have an awesome day Tim.

  1. Date: 7/19/2013 8:50:00 PM
    ! Amazing story of faith in action, Reason! Congratulations on a wonderful win...well done!

  1. Date: 7/19/2013 4:49:00 PM
    congrats on a great win Reason

  1. Date: 7/19/2013 8:28:00 AM
    amazing... ... congratulations... Luv~ LINDA

  1. Date: 7/19/2013 12:45:00 AM
    amazing work, Reason. BIG congrats in this contest.

  1. Date: 7/18/2013 9:56:00 PM
    this is nice.... congrats... luv ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 7/18/2013 7:59:00 PM
    Congrats Reason your your winning poetry xxx

  1. Date: 7/18/2013 6:52:00 PM
    You have done a tremendous poem for this contest. Congrats on your super win. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 7/18/2013 5:17:00 PM
    Excellent work on this piece! You have done an amazing job with how many rhymes are in this poem! Despite the limitations of the form, it still has a good flow of ideas without seeming forced to the rhyme pattern.

  1. Date: 7/18/2013 3:58:00 PM
    Oh, you have taken us back in time with this timeless piece!!

  1. Date: 7/18/2013 3:44:00 PM
    Great work that you have penned for the contest..You went the extra mile..Congrats on your win..Sara