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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22.

XI. SAXON CONQUEST

          NOR wants the cause the panic-striking aid
          Of hallelujahs tost from hill to hill--
          For instant victory. But Heaven's high will
          Permits a second and a darker shade
          Of Pagan night. Afflicted and dismayed,
          The Relics of the sword flee to the mountains:
          O wretched Land! whose tears have flowed like fountains;
          Whose arts and honours in the dust are laid
          By men yet scarcely conscious of a care
          For other monuments than those of Earth;                    10
          Who, as the fields and woods have given them birth,
          Will build their savage fortunes only there;
          Content, if foss, and barrow, and the girth
          Of long-drawn rampart, witness what they were.


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