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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Verses on Various Occasions.
IV. Humiliation
By John Henry Newman (1801–1890)
Lazaret, Malta, January 16, 1833

I HAVE been honour’d and obey’d,
  I have met scorn and slight;
And my heart loves earth’s sober shade,
  More than her laughing light.
For what is rule but a sad weight        5
  Of duty and a snare?
What meanness, but with happier fate
  The Saviour’s Cross to share?
This my hid choice, if not from heaven,
  Moves on the heavenward line;        10
Cleanse it, good Lord, from earthly leaven,
  And make it simply Thine.

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