The Saint and the Hero

Saint Isodore

O aged Saint ! far off I heard

The praises of thy name;—

Thy deed of power, thy prudent word,

Thy zeal’s triumphant flame.

 

I came and saw ; and, having seen,

Weak heart, I drew offence

From thy prompt smile, thy simple mien,

Thy lowly diligence.

 

The Saint’s is not the Hero’s praise;—

This I have found, and learn

Nor malign Heaven’s humblest ways,

Nor its least book to spurn.

 

–John Henry Newman, Bay of Biscay, 10 December 1832

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