100. Vexations

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    EACH trial has its weight; which, whoso bears
        Knows his own woe, and need of succouring
            grace;
        The martyr's hope half wipes away the trace
    Of flowing blood; the while life's humblest cares
Smart more, because they hold in Holy Writ no
            place.

    This be my comfort, in these days of grief,
        Which is not Christ's, nor forms heroic
            tale.
        Apart from Him, if not a sparrow fail,
    May not He pitying view, and send relief
When foes or friends perplex, and peevish thoughts
            prevail? {172}

    Then keep good heart, nor take the niggard
            course
        Of Thomas, who must see ere he would trust.
        Faith will fill up God's word, not poorly just
    To the bare letter, heedless of its force,
But walking by its light amid earth's sun and dust.


Off Sardinia
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June 21, 1833.

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