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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22.

XII. MONASTERY OF OLD BANGOR

          'THE oppression of the tumult--wrath and scorn--
          The tribulation--and the gleaming blades'--
          Such is the impetuous spirit that pervades
          The song of Taliesin;--Ours shall mourn
          The 'unarmed' Host who by their prayers would turn
          The sword from Bangor's walls, and guard the store
          Of Aboriginal and Roman lore,
          And Christian monuments, that now must burn
          To senseless ashes. Mark! how all things swerve
          From their known course, or vanish like a dream;            10
          Another language spreads from coast to coast;
          Only perchance some melancholy Stream
          And some indignant Hills old names preserve,
          When laws, and creeds, and people all are lost!


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