In 1632, Galileo Galilei, the Italian physicist and astronomer whose defense of the Copernican system of the world met with ecclesiastical and civil opposition, was forced to renounce his theories:

Forswear and Forbear

G. Galilei, when
Threatened with heresy
--Fate worse than death--
Muttered the following,
"Nevertheless, it turns,"
Under his breath.

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