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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART II.

II

          FROM false assumption rose, and, fondly hailed
          By superstition, spread the Papal power;
          Yet do not deem the Autocracy prevailed
          Thus only, even in error's darkest hour.
          She daunts, forth-thundering from her spiritual tower,
          Brute rapine, or with gentle lure she tames.
          Justice and Peace through Her uphold their claims;
          And Chastity finds many a sheltering bower.
          Realm there is none that if controlled or swayed
          By her commands partakes not, in degree,                    10
          Of good, o'er manners arts and arms, diffused:
          Yes, to thy domination, Roman See,
          Tho' miserably, oft monstrously, abused
          By blind ambition, be this tribute paid.


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