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W. Garrett Horder, comp. The Poets’ Bible: New Testament. 1895.

“St. Barnabas the Apostle”

From the Parisian Breviary

Translated by Isaac Williams

CROWN’D with immortal jubilee

Thy soul this day set free,

To the calm Heavens from earth did pass,

O holy Barnabas!

He, for whose sake, at whose dear call,

Thou gavest up thine all:

He shall thine all, thy treasure be,

Lasting eternally.

’Mid fasting, prayer, and holy hands,

Lo, ’mid the saints he stands,

The Spirit’s high behest to bear,

Christ’s Heaven-sent messenger.

Thou hast with Paul in labours stood

Blest bond of brotherhood!

One in the mandate sent from high,

And one in charity.

To what barbaric shores away

Did ye that light convey,

When boldly from your race ye turn’d,

Who Faith’s glad message spurn’d?

Lord, when to us, an offer’d guest,

Shall come that Spirit blest,

Let not our hearts Heaven’s bounty slight,

Deeming their darkness light!

All glory and all praise to Thee

Thrice holy Trinity,

Who hast disclosed in this our night,

Thine everlasting light!