Wednesday, December 21, 2022
458. Epiphany 7 (Series C)
O disciples, hear the Savior:
With your enemies be meek,
Letting love steer your behavior,
Off'ring them the other cheek.
From their service never waver,
Nor reward nor vengeance seek.
Bless them even when they curse you;
Pray for those who use you ill.
Seek not that men reimburse you;
What they take, more render still.
On this consolation nurse you:
Mercy is the Savior's will.
Mercy He Himself has shown you,
Bearing patiently your cross.
With compassion has He known you,
Fount whereof can none exhaust.
He hereafter will enthrone you,
Recompensing grief and loss.
Be therefore, sons of the Highest,
Merciful as even He,
Nor to condemnation biased;
Let your measure rather be
Not the scantiest or driest,
But poured out abundantly.
Let not even death amaze you,
Should the foe your life demand.
Though like seed in earth he lays you,
Christ at last will take His stand
And imperishable raise you,
Fitted for the Promised Land.