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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22.

XXXIX. PAPAL DOMINION

          UNLESS to Peter's Chair the viewless wind
          Must come and ask permission when to blow,
          What further empire would it have? for now
          A ghostly Domination, unconfined
          As that by dreaming Bards to Love assigned,
          Sits there in sober truth--to raise the low,
          Perplex the wise, the strong to overthrow;
          Through earth and heaven to bind and to unbind!--
          Resist--the thunder quails thee!--crouch--rebuff
          Shall be thy recompence! from land to land                  10
          The ancient thrones of Christendom are stuff
          For occupation of a magic wand,
          And 'tis the Pope that wields it:--whether rough
          Or smooth his front, our world is in his hand!


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