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Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.

By Verses on Various Occasions. IV. Humiliation

John Henry Newman (1801–1890)

Lazaret, Malta, January 16, 1833

I HAVE been honour’d and obey’d,

I have met scorn and slight;

And my heart loves earth’s sober shade,

More than her laughing light.

For what is rule but a sad weight

Of duty and a snare?

What meanness, but with happier fate

The Saviour’s Cross to share?

This my hid choice, if not from heaven,

Moves on the heavenward line;

Cleanse it, good Lord, from earthly leaven,

And make it simply Thine.