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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22.

XVII. CONVERSION

          PROMPT transformation works the novel Lore;
          The Council closed, the Priest in full career
          Rides forth, an armed man, and hurls a spear
          To desecrate the Fane which heretofore
          He served in folly. Woden falls, and Thor
          Is overturned; the mace, in battle heaved
          (So might they dream) till victory was achieved,
          Drops, and the God himself is seen no more.
          Temple and Altar sink, to hide their shame
          Amid oblivious weeds. "O come to me,                        10
          Ye heavy laden!" such the inviting voice
          Heard near fresh streams; and thousands who rejoice
          In the new Rite, the pledge of sanctity,
          Shall, by regenerate life, the promise claim.


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