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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART II.

XIV. WALDENSES

          THOSE had given earliest notice, as the lark
          Springs from the ground the morn to gratulate;
          Or rather rose the day to antedate,
          By striking out a solitary spark,
          When all the world with midnight gloom was dark.--
          Then followed the Waldensian bands, whom Hate
          In vain endeavours to exterminate,
          Whom Obloquy pursues with hideous bark:
          But they desist not;--and the sacred fire,
          Rekindled thus, from dens and savage woods                  10
          Moves, handed on with never-ceasing care,
          Through courts, through camps, o'er limitary floods;
          Nor lacks this sea-girt Isle a timely share
          Of the new Flame, not suffered to expire.


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