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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22.

VII. RECOVERY

          AS, when a storm hath ceased, the birds regain
          Their cheerfulness, and busily retrim
          Their nests, or chant a gratulating hymn
          To the blue ether and bespangled plain;
          Even so, in many a re-constructed fane,
          Have the survivors of this Storm renewed
          Their holy rites with vocal gratitude:
          And solemn ceremonials they ordain
          To celebrate their great deliverance;
          Most feelingly instructed 'mid their fear--                 10
          That persecution, blind with rage extreme,
          May not the less, through Heaven's mild countenance,
          Even in her own despite, both feed and cheer;
          For all things are less dreadful than they seem.


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