Poetical Remains by Edward Churton

Poetical Remains

byEdward Churton

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876. Excerpt: ... L THE LITTLE MARTYR. Romanus, a Deacon of the Church of Csesarea in Palestine, suffered martyrdom at Antioch, in the persecution of Diocletian, A.d. 303. It appears from Eusebius that the Emperor Galerius was present at his trial, and directed a part of the cruel treatment, which he endured with wonderful fortitude and patience. The narrative in the following lines is taken from the account given by the Christian poet Pradentius of a remarkable incident which occurred at his martyrdom. 'Tis said, when good Romanus died Beneath the Thracian's bitter sway, A little child the pagan's pride Rebuked, and held his wrath at bay. "Grant me this test," the martyr cried, By ruthless rods and scourges torn: "Let simple nature's voice decide The truth your madness holds in scorn. "Choose out, from Antioch's crowded way, Choose out the first young boy ye meet, And let his tongue unprompted say, Before this frowning judgment-seat, "Which faith to him may relish best; To hold one God with Christ His Son, Or, what ye urge by ways unblest, A thousand forms of gods to own." There stood a Roman matron by, And at her side a boy, whose years Six summers scarce outran, whose eye No grief till now had dimm'd with tears. "Ask him, and hear," the stern man said, Who sate on judgment's blood-stain'd throne; "Ask as thou wilt;--our Jove to aid! Thy life by him is lost or won." The question heard, the fair boy smiled: "Whate'er of God we think or say, He must be One;--no little child Would dream of Heav'n's divided sway." Amazed awhile the tyrant stood; Till re-collected powers of ill Drove from his cheek the mantling blood Of generous shame that curb'd his will: "'Tis practice all," in gloom he said: "Tell me, young boy, who taught this lore?" The guileless child, of nought afraid,...

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Title:Poetical RemainsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:46 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021702999X

ISBN - 13:9780217029995

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