“Subject Yourself to God”

For this week’s “Melanchthon Monday,” we’re back to poetry. Below is an epigram consisting of a single elegiac couplet, which I have rendered (with a couple of liberties) into four lines of blank verse. Hope you enjoy it.

Subditus esto Deo et ora eum.

Subditus esto Deo, mandato munere fungens,

     Et spera in miseris, et pete rebus opem.

“Subject Yourself to God and Pray to Him” (for A.M.C.)

Subject yourself to God, and thus perform

The office he’s committed to your care.

In wretched trial and life’s most bitter storm,

Beg him in hope to guard you from despair.

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