LAPIDATE, v.t. To rebuke with stones. St. Stephen, for example, was lapidated like a Chinaman.
Lamented St. Steve,
What Christian can grieve
For the way that you came to your death?
For the monument fair
Of memorial stones
Was reared in the air
O’er your honored bones
Ere yet you’d relinquished your breath.
No doubt as your soul exhaled
You were thanked by resolution;
For the builders’ design had failed
Except for your execution.