Tetzel’s taxes triggered a tectonic shift:
Repentance is true penitence, not pennies for shrift.
The whole of holiness is hidden in Him
Who graciously gives gospel, good news, to the ends
Of the earth, erstwhile empire of evil intent
Now native to a nation of newborns bent
On goodness, gladly giving glory to God
Their Savior, strumming strings and singing psalms.
Protesting the papal pilfering and plunder
Of goods and gold, grifting the grandeur
Of Peter’s Prince for personal pleasure:
Martin, the mallet-wielding monk.