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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART II.

IV

          DEPLORABLE his lot who tills the ground,
          His whole life long tills it, with heartless toil
          Of villain-service, passing with the soil
          To each new Master, like a steer or hound,
          Or like a rooted tree, or stone earth-bound;
          But mark how gladly, through their own domains,
          The Monks relax or break these iron chains;
          While Mercy, uttering, through their voice, a sound
          Echoed in Heaven, cries out, "Ye Chiefs, abate
          These legalized oppressions! Man--whose name                10
          And nature God disdained not; Man--whose soul
          Christ died for--cannot forfeit his high claim
          To live and move exempt from all control
          Which fellow-feeling doth not mitigate!"


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