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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22.

XXV. MISSIONS AND TRAVELS

          NOT sedentary all: there are who roam
          To scatter seeds of life on barbarous shores;
          Or quit with zealous step their knee-worn floors
          To seek the general mart of Christendom;
          Whence they, like richly-laden merchants, come
          To their beloved cells:--or shall we say
          That, like the Red-cross Knight, they urge their way,
          To lead in memorable triumph home
          Truth, their immortal Una? Babylon,
          Learned and wise, hath perished utterly,                    10
          Nor leaves her Speech one word to aid the sigh
          That would lament her;--Memphis, Tyre, are gone
          With all their Arts,--but classic lore glides on
          By these Religious saved for all posterity.


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