With a disclaimer that this is not a subject I can talk about with familiarity, I would add that the Borges story about Judas, in the Ficciones collection, has stuck with me ever since I read it nearly twenty years ago. In fact, I still think about it regularly. If I understood it correctly, and remember with a reasonable degree of accuracy, his theme contrasts genuine humility with arrogance cloaked in piety.
Which reminds me, arrogance and piety is also a theme Tolstoy addresses, with his customarily masterful psychological insight, in the long story, Father Sergius.
Sam- while I usually think pulling weeds is one of the highest and best uses of anyone’s time, just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your post. Donne is an old favorite. Your three choices rolled around in my head all afternoon while I worked in my garden. Thank you.