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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
November 20
St. Paul at Melita
By John Henry, Cardinal Newman (1801–1890)
          Shipwrecked at Melita, Nov. 20, A.D. 63.
  “And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat.”

SECURE in his prophetic strength
  The water peril o’er,
The many-gifted man at length
  Stepped on the promised shore.
He trod the shore; but not to rest,        5
  Nor wait till angels came;
Lo humblest pains the saint attest,
  The firebrands and the flame.
But when felt the viper’s smart,
  Then instant aid was given;        10
Christian! hence learn to do thy part
  And leave the rest to Heaven.

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