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All-merciful, Almighty Lord,
we bless the love, its depth and height,
which made by thy transforming word
thy foe a burning shining light;
A chosen messenger of God,
eternity o'ershadowing time,
whose bleeding feet unwearied trod
from shore to shore, from clime to clime;
Content to reckon all things loss,
to live and die for thy dear name;
his only glory, Lord, thy cross;
his heart aglow with heavenly flame.
O Master, may we follow him
most humbly, as he followed thee;
nor let the Gospel torch grow dim,
but quenchless flash o'er land and sea.
Still from the warrior hosts, that crowd
the ramparts and the gates of hell,
may strong heroic souls be bow'd
beneath thy feet, Emmanuel.
Henceforth no more their own, but thine;
much loved, much loving, much forgiven;
apostles of the grace divine
which fashions thus the heirs of heaven.