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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The Sign of the Cross
 
John Henry Newman (1801–90)
 
 
WHENE’ER across this sinful flesh of mine
  I draw the Holy Sign,
All good thoughts stir within me, and renew
  Their slumbering strength divine;
Till there springs up a courage high and true        5
  To suffer and to do.
 
And who shall say, but hateful spirits around,
  For their brief hour unbound,
Shudder to see, and wail their overthrow?
  While on far heathen ground        10
Some lonely Saint hails the fresh odor, though
  Its source he cannot know.
 

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