For All the Saints

by David Anthony

For you, brave martyr-saints whose blood
refreshed the faith my fathers knew;
and you, ascetic hermit-saints
who lived where lonely wormwood grew;
and you, remorseless soldier-saints
who spread the Word with swords, and slew
wild unrepentant heathen hordes
in Jesusí name: I pray for you.
I pray your unrelenting cause
is not unworthy, or untrue.

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