James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.

November 20

St. Paul at Melita

By John Henry, Cardinal Newman (1801–1890)

  • Shipwrecked at Melita, Nov. 20, A.D. 63.
  • “And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat.”

  • SECURE in his prophetic strength

    The water peril o’er,

    The many-gifted man at length

    Stepped on the promised shore.

    He trod the shore; but not to rest,

    Nor wait till angels came;

    Lo humblest pains the saint attest,

    The firebrands and the flame.

    But when felt the viper’s smart,

    Then instant aid was given;

    Christian! hence learn to do thy part

    And leave the rest to Heaven.