74. Temptation

O HOLY Lord, who with the Children Three
        Didst walk the piercing flame,
Help, in those trial-hours, which, save to Thee,
               I dare not name;
Nor let these quivering eyes and sickening heart
Crumble to dust beneath the Tempter's dart.

Thou, who didst once Thy life from Mary's breast
        Renew from day to day,
Oh, might her smile, severely sweet, but rest
               On this frail clay!
Till I am Thine with my whole soul; and fear,
Not feel a secret joy, that Hell is near.

March 28, 1833.

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