Julian in Nicomedia

Senseless, dangerous behaviour:
praise for Greek ideals,
supernatural magic, visits to pagan temples,
enthusiasm for the ancient gods,
frequent talks with Chrysanthios,
speculation with Maximus, the astute philosopher.
And look what's happened: Gallos is extremely worried,
Konstantios has become suspicious.
Julian's advisers weren't at all prudent.
The matter, says Mardonios, has gone too far,
the rumour must be killed at all cost.-
So Julian goes to the church at Nicomedia,
a lector again,
and with deep reverence he reads out loud
passages from the Holy Scriptures,
and everyone marvels at his Christian piety.

Constantine P. Cavafy

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