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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
On Christian Patience
By Thomas à Kempis (1380–1471)
 
From ‘Hymns and Poems, Original and Translated,’ by Edward Caswall

Adversa mundi tolera

FOR Christ’s dear sake with courage bear
      Whatever ills betide;
Prosperity is oft a snare,
      And puffs the heart with pride.
 
What seemed thy loss will often prove        5
      To be thy truest gain;
And sufferings borne with patient love
      A jeweled crown obtain.
 
By this thou wilt the angels please,
      Wilt glorify the Lord,        10
Thy neighbor’s faith and hope increase,
      And earn a rich reward.
 
Brief is this life, and brief its pain,
      But long the bliss to come;
Trials endured for Christ attain        15
      A place with martyrdom.
 
The Christian soul by patience grows
      More perfect day by day;
And brighter still, and brighter glows
      With heaven’s eternal ray;        20
 
To Christ becomes more lovable,
      More like the Saints on high;
Dear to the good; invincible
      Against the Enemy.
 
 
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