The great Apostle, called by grace,Turned from his wrath aside,
Preached the same faith he once abhorred,
And Christ, whom he denied.
In perils and in troubles oft,
His new-made life he passed;
And God who turned his heart at first,
Upheld him to the last.
A chosen vessel of God's will,
He fought the fight of faith;
And gained the crown of righteousness,
Obedient unto death.
Thus, God of grace, to do thy will,
Thy people may we be;
And follow ever in Paul's steps,
E'en as he followed thee.
Henry Alford, 1845; alt.
Tune: DUNFERMLINE (C.M.)
Scottish Psalter, 1615
Two Years Ago: The Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul