Gold Refined (For Vincent de Paul)

Vincent set sail rich in mind,
Schooled in the sciences,
Brimming with faith;

What trials he met, what pirates took from him
Was replenished with stores
Of faith refined as gold;

What masters bought him – a chemist bent
On finding life’s elixir stone;
A desert farmer fled from faith –

Saw in him the way of grace
Turning death and trials to
The life of sacrifice.

And once returned – freed, restored,
His name cleared, wealth at his feet –
He laid it down,

Schooled now in the science of
The Spirit’s fire, pure gold
Found now in the sacrifice.

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