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CCCLXXVI

A MARTYR-CONVERT

The number of Thine own complete,

Sum up and make an end;

Sift clean the chaff, and house the wheat;

And then, O LORD, descend.

Descend, and solve by that descent

This mystery of life;

Where good and ill, together blent,

Wage an undying strife.

For rivers twain are gushing still,

And pour a mingled flood;

Good in the very depths of ill,

Ill in the heart of good.

The last are first, the first are last,

As angel eyes behold;

These from the sheep-cote sternly cast,

Those welcomed to the fold.

No Christian home, no pastor's eye,

No preacher's vocal zeal,

Moved Thy dear Martyr to defy

The prison and the wheel.

Forth from the heathen ranks she stept,

The forfeit crown to claim

Of Christian souls who had not kept

Their birthright and their name.

Grace form'd her out of sinful dust;

She knelt a soul defiled,

She rose in all the faith, and trust,

And sweetness of a child.

And in the freshness of that love

She preach'd, by word and deed,

The mysteries of the world above,

Her new-found, glorious creed.

And running, in a little hour,

Of life the course complete,

She reach'd the Throne of endless power,

And sits at JESU's feet.

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