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A. D. 1780.

Slow ages passed: and lo! another came,
     An English matron, in whose simple faith
Nor priestly rule nor ritual had claim,
     A plain, uncanonized Elizabeth.

No sackcloth robe, nor ashen-sprinkled hair,
     Nor wasting fast, nor scourge, nor vigil long,
Marred her calm presence. God had made her fair,
     And she could do His goodly work no wrong.

Their yoke is easy and their burden light
     Whose sole confessor is the Christ of God;
Her quiet trust and faith transcending sight
     Smoothed to her feet the difficult paths she trod.

[412] And there she walked, as duty bade her go,
     Safe and unsullied as a cloistered nun,
Shamed with her plainness Fashion's gaudy show,
     And overcame the world she did not shun.

In Earlham's bowers, in Plashet's liberal hall,
     In the great city's restless crowd and din,
Her ear was open to the Master's call,
     And knew the summons of His voice within.

Tender as mother, beautiful as wife,
     Amidst the throngs of prisoned crime she stood
In modest raiment faultless as her life,
     The type of England's worthiest womanhood!

To melt the hearts that harshness turned to stone
     The sweet persuasion of her lips sufficed,
And guilt, which only hate and fear had known,
     Saw in her own the pitying love of Christ.

So wheresoe'er the guiding Spirit went
     She followed, finding every prison cell
It opened for her sacred as a tent
     Pitched by Gennesaret or by Jacob's well.

And Pride and Fashion felt her strong appeal,
     And priest and ruler marvelled as they saw
How hand in hand went wisdom with her zeal,
     And woman's pity kept the bounds of law.

She rests in God's peace; but her memory stirs
     The air of earth as with an angel's wings,
And warms and moves the hearts of men like hers,
     The sainted daughter of Hungarian kings.

[413] United now, the Briton and the Hun,
     Each, in her own time, faithful unto death,
Live sister souls! in name and spirit one,
     Thuringia's saint and our Elizabeth!


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