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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART II.

V. MONKS AND SCHOOLMEN

          RECORD we too, with just and faithful pen,
          That many hooded Cenobites there are,
          Who in their private cells have yet a care
          Of public quiet; unambitious Men,
          Counsellors for the world, of piercing ken;
          Whose fervent exhortations from afar
          Move Princes to their duty, peace or war;
          And oft-times in the most forbidding den
          Of solitude, with love of science strong,
          How patiently the yoke of thought they bear                 10
          How subtly glide its finest threads along!
          Spirits that crowd the intellectual sphere
          With mazy boundaries, as the astronomer
          With orb and cycle girds the starry throng.


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