To ransom us, whatever it might cost:
For true love what it can is what it must.
The world exults in Baal and Astaroth
But a far nobler joy belongs to you:
True joy will not be found in this world's froth.
Man's compromise ignobly grants release
To sin; through grace a nobler peace is known:
True peace is only peace that will not cease
Feeling the buffets of adversity
What noble faithfulness Stephen displayed
When seeing Jesus in His dignity.
In noble meekness see the Shepherd seek
Lost sheep in a poor world where life is grim:
With noble self-control amid men's ills
Stephen's demeanour can well demonstrate
Whence was the work, far nobler than man's art
Displayed in the longsufferings of Paul?
The God of grace in whom true blessings start.
Does this work? It's the "noble" verses of the villanelle series.