From the Archives: Agnes: the Virgin Martyr
So brave a girl, a martyr famed
Was Agnes, who in Romulus’ home
Lies buried in a tomb. She sees
In death Rome’s towering roofs
And so she keeps her people safe.
She also shields the pilgrims there
Who pray with pure and faithful hearts.
A double crown of martyrdom
Sets this noted girl apart:
Virginity free from any fault,
Then honor from a death she chose.
Hardly old enough to wed,
She was a little girl, they say,
By chance a child of tender years,
But aglow for Christ, with manly heart,
She defied the shameless laws.
For pagan idols she would not
Desert her holy, sacred faith.
First lured by many skillful tricks—
Now the lures of fawning judge,
Now the raging butcher’s threats—
She stood her ground tenaciously,
Of savage strength she freely gave
Her body to the harsh abuse;
She did not flee impending death ….
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