The Martyrdom Of The Holy Polycarp by Church at Smyrna
Chapter X.--Polycarp confesses himself a Christian.
And when the proconsul yet again pressed him, and said, |Swear by the fortune of Cæsar,| he answered, |Since thou art vainly urgent that, as thou sayest, I should swear by the fortune of Cæsar, and pretendest not to know who and what I am, hear me declare with boldness, I am a Christian. And if you wish to learn what the doctrines of Christianity are, appoint me a day, and thou shalt hear them.| The proconsul replied, |Persuade the people.| But Polycarp said, |To thee I have thought it right to offer an account [of my faith]; for we are taught to give all due honour (which entails no injury upon ourselves) to the powers and authorities which are ordained of God. But as for these, I do not deem them worthy of receiving any account from me.|