Wednesday, February 14, 2024

And Sanctify Thy Woe

by John Henry Newman 

Mortal! if e'er thy spirits faint,
 By grief or pain opprest,
Seek not vain hope, or sour complaint,
 To cheer or ease thy breast: 

 But view thy bitterest pangs as sent
 A shadow of that doom,
Which is the soul's just punishment
 In its own guilt's true home. 

 Be thine own judge; hate thy proud heart;
 And while the sad drops flow,
E'en let thy will attend the smart,
 And sanctify thy woe. 

 Off Pantellaria. December 23, 1832.