170. A Martyr Convert

{307} (A Hymn.)

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. {308}

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. {309}

Her spirit there, her body here,
    Make one the earth and sky;
We use her name, we touch her bier,
    We know her God is nigh.

Praise to the Father, as is meet,
    Praise to the Only Son,
Praise to the Holy Paraclete
    While endless ages run.

The Oratory

[See: CallistaNR.]

Top | Contents | Works | Home

Newman Reader — Works of John Henry Newman
Copyright 2007 by The National Institute for Newman Studies. All rights reserved.