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