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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Christian Militant
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
A MAN prepared against all ills to come,
That dares to dead the fire of martyrdom;
That sleeps at home, and sailing there at ease,
Fears not the fierce sedition of the seas;
That’s counterproof against the farm’s mishaps;        5
Undreadful too of courtly thunder-claps;
That wears one face, like heaven, and never shows
A change, when fortune either comes or goes;
That keeps his own strong guard, in the despite
Of what can hurt by day, or harm by night;        10
That takes and re-delivers every stroke
Of chance, as made up all of rock and oak;
That sighs at other’s death, smiles at his own
Most dire and horrid crucifixion;
Who for true glory suffers thus, we grant        15
Him to be here our Christian militant.
 
 
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