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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IV. The Higher Life.  1904.
VI. Human Experience
The Martyrs’ Hymn
Martin Luther (1483–1546)
From the German by William Johnson Fox

FLUNG to the heedless winds,
  Or on the waters cast,
The martyrs’ ashes, watched,
  Shall gathered be at last;
And from that scattered dust,        5
  Around us and abroad,
Shall spring a plenteous seed
  Of witnesses for God.
The Father hath received
  Their latest living breath;        10
And vain is Satan’s boast
  Of victory in their death;
Still, still, though dead, they speak,
  And, trumpet-tongued, proclaim
To many a wakening land        15
  The one availing name.

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