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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
The True Martyr
By Thomas Wade (1805–1875)
 
THE MARTYR worthiest of the bleeding name
Is he whose life a bloodless part fulfils;
  Whom racks nor tortures tear, nor poniard kills,
Nor heat of bigots’ sacrificial flame:
But whose great soul can to herself proclaim        5
    The fulness of the everlasting ills
    Wherewith all pain’d Creation writhes and thrills,
And yet pursue unblench’d her solemn aim:
 
Who works, all knowing work’s futility,
  Creates, all conscious of ubiquitous death,        10
And hopes, believes, adores, while Destiny
  Points from Life’s steep to all her graves beneath:
    Whose thought ’mid scorching woes is found apart,
    Perfect amid the flames, like Cranmer’s heart.
 
 
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