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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
St. Paul at Melita
John Henry Newman (1801–1890)
“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
  Stepp’d 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 he 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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