John Henry Newman: April 2010 Archives

Zeal and Meekness

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CHRIST bade His followers take the sword;
And yet He chid the deed,
When Peter seized upon His word,
And made a foe to bleed.

The gospel Creed, a sword of strife,
Meek hands alone may rear;
And ever Zeal begins its life
In silent thought and fear.

Ye, who would weed the Vineyard's soil,
Treasure the lesson given;
Lest in the judgment-books ye toil
For Satan, not for heaven.

John Henry Newman
Off Sardinia
June 20, 1833
Verses on Various Occasions, 170

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