Sir Thomas More
(English martyr, 1478-1535)
Historical events work out odd
when they relate to Almighty God.
Take the case of Sir Thomas More.
He made King Henry awfully sore
by refusing Henry’s order to endorse
his wife Catherine’s unlawful divorce.
The matter quickly escalated
to others thick and complicated –
related to Henry’s obsession
to a royal male heir for succession,
illegal divorce and adultery
and ecclesiastical supremacy.
Henry’s appetite for sex and sin
had his lusty eyes on Ann Boleyn.
When More learned she was pregnant,
it made him only more indignant.
So Henry, Christian that he was,
manipulated clergymen and laws.
With Cranmer’s conscience dulled,
he had Henry’s marriage annulled.
Pope Paul III then quickly acted
and had Henry excommuincated.
Henry, now ex-catholic,
didn’t think the matter tragic
and far from being in the lurch
made himself head of England’s church.
Another thorn in More’s sore side,
and one by which he could not abide.
Henry now showed his full lunacy
by enacting the Act of Supremacy.
He thus had sovereign reason
to charge poor More with treason,
find him guilty and sent him on
to that dreaded tower in London.
There, with time for contemplation,
More transcribed his Tribulations,
calm with faith while he anticipated
his final day to be decapitated.
And, indeed, he was – on July 6,
1535, one year past fifty-sixth.
To make light of any tragedy
shows lack of heart and empathy.
But I suppose that in the end,
it was a divorce for both men –
Henry from his barren Catherine,
More from his evil sovereign.
Copyright © Maurice Rigoler | Year Posted 2021
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