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The Three Enemies

 THE FLESH

"Sweet, thou art pale.
" "More pale to see, Christ hung upon the cruel tree And bore His Father's wrath for me.
" "Sweet, thou art sad.
" "Beneath a rod More heavy, Christ for my sake trod The winepress of the wrath of God.
" "Sweet, thou art weary.
" "Not so Christ: Whose mighty love of me suffic'd For Strength, Salvation, Eucharist.
" "Sweet, thou art footsore.
" "If I bleed, His feet have bled; yea in my need His Heart once bled for mine indeed.
" THE WORLD "Sweet, thou art young.
" "So He was young Who for my sake in silence hung Upon the Cross with Passion wrung.
" "Look, thou art fair.
" "He was more fair Than men, Who deign'd for me to wear A visage marr'd beyond compare.
" "And thou hast riches.
" "Daily bread: All else is His: Who, living, dead, For me lack'd where to lay His Head.
" "And life is sweet.
" "It was not so To Him, Whose Cup did overflow With mine unutterable woe.
" THE DEVIL "Thou drinkest deep.
" "When Christ would sup He drain'd the dregs from out my cup: So how should I be lifted up?" "Thou shalt win Glory.
" "In the skies, Lord Jesus, cover up mine eyes Lest they should look on vanities.
" "Thou shalt have Knowledge.
" "Helpless dust! In Thee, O Lord, I put my trust: Answer Thou for me, Wise and Just.
" "And Might.
"-- "Get thee behind me.
Lord, Who hast redeem'd and not abhorr'd My soul, oh keep it by Thy Word.
"

by Christina Rossetti
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