The Harvard Classics. 1909–14.
Art Thou Weary?
St. Stephen the Sabaite. Tr. J. M. Neale (725–794)
ART thou weary, art thou languid,
Art thou sore distrest?
“Come to Me,” saith One, “and coming
Be at rest!”
Hath He marks to lead me to Him, 5
If He be my Guide?
“In His Feet and Hands are wound-prints,
And His side.”
Hath He diadem as Monarch
That His Brow adorns? 10
“Yea a Crown, in very surety,
But of thorns.”
If I find Him, if I follow,
What His guerdon here?
“Many a sorrow, many a labour, 15
Many a tear.”
If I still hold closely to Him,
What hath He at last?
“Sorrow vanquished, labour ended,
Jordan past.” 20
If I ask Him to receive me,
Will He say me nay?
“Not till earth, and not till Heav’n
Finding, following, keeping, struggling, 25
Is He sure to bless?
“Angels, Martyrs, Prophets, Virgins,
A few days ago was the feast of St. Stephen of Mar
There is little information about Stephen of Mar
Stephen's disciple, Leontius of Damascus, wrote the Life of Stephen of Mar Sabas (ASIN 904290691X), which has been recently translated by J.C. Lamoreaux. The book is nearly out of print, and quite expensive, but may be available through inter-library loan. I suspect there is also a longer account of his life in the full edition of Butler's Lives of the Saints, which is more readily available.
To know the Lord is the principle of good. Abide in his knowledge and you will draw close to God. There is nothing of value except the soul's gain, but the soul's gain is to be found only in the love of God.
—St. Stephen of Mar
Note: guerdon is a reward or recompense.