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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22.

PART I. FROM THE INTRODUCTION OF CHRISTIANITY INTO BRITAIN, TO THE CONSUMMATION OF THE PAPAL DOMINION

                 "A verse may catch a wandering Soul, that flies
                  Profounder Tracts, and by a blest surprise
                  Convert delight into a Sacrifice."

I. INTRODUCTION

          I, WHO accompanied with faithful pace
          Cerulean Duddon from his cloud-fed spring,
          And loved with spirit ruled by his to sing
          Of mountain quiet and boon nature's grace;
          I, who essayed the nobler Stream to trace
          Of Liberty, and smote the plausive string
          Till the checked torrent, proudly triumphing,
          Won for herself a lasting resting-place;
          Now seek upon the heights of Time the source
          Of a HOLY RIVER, on whose banks are found                   10
          Sweet pastoral flowers, and laurels that have crowned
          Full oft the unworthy brow of lawless force;
          And, for delight of him who tracks its course,
          Immortal amaranth and palms abound.


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