"This in thankworthy, if a man for conscience towards God endure grief, suffering wrongfully." I S.Peter ii. 19
Praise to our Pardoning God! though silent now
The thunders of the deep prophetic sky,
Though in our sight no powers of darkness bow
Before th Apostles glorious company;
The Martyrs noble army is still ours,
far in the North our fallen days have seen
How in her woe the tenderest spirit, towers
For Jesus sake in agony serene.
Praise to our God! not cottage hearths alone,
And shades imperious to the proud worlds glare,
Such witness yield: a monarch from his throne
Springs to his Cross and finds his glory there.
Yes: wheresoeer one trace of thee is found,
As in the sacred land, the shadows fall:
With beating hearts we roam the haunted ground,
Lone battle-field, or crumbling prison hall.
And there are aching solitary breasts,
Whose widowd walk with thought of thee is cheerd,
Our own, our royal Saint: thy memory rests
On many a prayer, the more for thee endeard.
True son of our dear Mother, early taught
With her to worship and for her to die,
Nursd in her aisles to more than kingly thought,
Oft in her solemn hours we dream thee nigh.
For thou didst love to trace her daily lore,
And where we look for comfort or for calm,
Over the self-same lines to bend, and pour
Thy heart with hers in some victorious psalm.
And well did she thy loyal love repay:
When all foresook, her Angel still was nigh,
Chaind and bereft, and on thy funeral way,
Straight to the Cross she turnd thy dying eye.
And yearly now, before the Martyrs King,
For thee she offers her maternal tears,
Calls us, like thee, to His dear feet to cling,
And bury in His wounds our earthly fears.
And Angels hear, and there is mirth in Heaven,
Fit prelude of the joy, when spirits won
Like thee to patient Faith, shall rise forgiven,
And at thy Saviours knees thy bright example own.