The Martyrdom Of Polycarp

The Martyrdom Of Polycarp.

When the proconsul insisted and said, “Take the oath and I will set you free; revile Christ,” Polycarp replied: “For six and eighty years I have been serving him, and he has done no wrong to me; how, then, dare I blaspheme my King who has saved me!” Again he said to him: “If you make little of the beasts, I shall have you consumed by fire unless you change your mind.” “The fire which you threaten,” replied Polycarp, “is one that burns for a little while, and after a short time goes out. You evidently do not know the fire of the judgment to come and the eternal punishment, which awaits the wicked. But why do you delay? Go ahead; do what you want.”

Polycarp, 155.