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Pere Grandier forgave his flock
Expunged the devils of Loudun
The nuns groveled at his feet
And for their lust he stood accused

The bleak charge one of heresy
Seducing acolytes of God
Defiance of Fathers bent to pray
Envy etched upon their brows

Cast down as a libertine
Subject to torture, searing tongs
Words dragged from his battered lips
A confession encouraged by the rack

Pere Grandier stood at the stake
Flames licking hard at his white robe
He raised his eyes and found the Lord
Would hypocrites die by His Sword?
Written by crowfly
Author's Note
This is suggested by the 1971 film "The Devils," based on the novel "The Devils of Loudun" by Aldous Huxley. Both are based on historical fact.
Photo from "The Devils."
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