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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22.

XXXV. RICHARD I

          REDOUBTED King, of courage leonine,
          I mark thee, Richard! urgent to equip
          Thy warlike person with the staff and scrip;
          I watch thee sailing o'er the midland brine;
          In conquered Cyprus see thy Bride decline
          Her blushing cheek, love-vows upon her lip,
          And see love-emblems streaming from thy ship,
          As thence she holds her way to Palestine.
          My Song, a fearless homager, would attend
          Thy thundering battle-axe as it cleaves the press           10
          Of war, but duty summons her away
          To tell--how, finding in the rash distress
          Of those Enthusiasts a subservient friend,
          To giddier heights hath clomb the Papal sway.


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