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First Line: Christ! I am christ's! And let the name suffice you
Last Line: Less than the love wherewith I ache for souls.
Alternate Author Name(s): Myers, Frederic
Subject(s): Jesus Christ; Paul, Saint (1st Century); Religion; Saul Of Tarsus; Theology

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is
neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."

CHRIST! I am Christ's! and let the name suffice you,
Ay, for me too He greatly hath sufficed:
Lo with no winning words I would entice you,
Paul has no honour and no friend but Christ.

Yes, without cheer of sister or of daughter,
Yes, without stay of father or of son,
Lone on the land and homeless on the water
Pass I in patience till the work be done.

Yet not in solitude if Christ anear me
Waketh him workers for the great employ,
Oh not in solitude, if souls that hear me
Catch from my joyaunce the surprise of joy.

Hearts I have won of sister or of brother
Quick on the earth or hidden in the sod,
Lo every heart awaiteth me, another
Friend in the blameless family of God.

What was their sweet desire and subtle yearning,
Lovers, and women whom their song enrols?
Faint to the flame which in my breast is burning,
Less than the love wherewith I ache for souls.

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