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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22.

XV. PAULINUS

          BUT, to remote Northumbria's royal Hall,
          Where thoughtful Edwin, tutored in the school
          Of sorrow, still maintains a heathen rule,
          'Who' comes with functions apostolical?
          Mark him, of shoulders curved, and stature tall,
          Black hair, and vivid eye, and meagre cheek,
          His prominent feature like an eagle's beak;
          A Man whose aspect doth at once appal
          And strike with reverence. The Monarch leans
          Toward the pure truths this Delegate propounds              10
          Repeatedly his own deep mind he sounds
          With careful hesitation,--then convenes
          A synod of his Councillors:--give ear,
          And what a pensive Sage doth utter, hear!


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