Saint Robert Southwell

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O clever Jesuit! sneaking about
From house to house, and, too, from heart to heart
Speaking the treason of faith, hope, and love
And bearing true the Passion of Our Lord
 
O pray for us, poor brave seeker of souls
We faithful remnant of Our Lady’s Dowry
Against the whisperers, the rack, the rope,
Hiding, flying before pursuivants
 
Without you
 
Our souls, like looted chapels, lie in heaps
While still Our Lady of Walsingham weeps
By Mack Hall

 

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