’Tis better to suffer than sin;
For sin, when its pleasures are past,
By those who have revelled therein,
Is always found bitter at last.
But trial for righteousness’ sake
’Tis ever an honour to bear;
Christ’s sufferings here must partake,
All who His high glory would share.
’Tis better a wrong to endure,
Than wrong on another impose;
Revenge will no enmity cure,
Resentment will only make foes.
To God alone vengeance belongs,
And He has appointed a day,
When all their oppressions and wrongs
He will to the wicked repay.