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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART II.

XV. ARCHBISHOP CHICHELY TO HENRY V

          "WHAT beast in wilderness or cultured field
          "The lively beauty of the leopard shows?
          "What flower in meadow-ground or garden grows
          "That to the towering lily doth not yield?
          "Let both meet only on thy royal shield!
          "Go forth, great King! claim what thy birth bestows;
          "Conquer the Gallic lily which thy foes
          "Dare to usurp;--thou hast a sword to wield,
          "And Heaven will crown the right."--The mitred Sire
          Thus spake--and lo! a Fleet, for Gaul addrest,              10
          Ploughs her bold course across the wondering seas;
          For, sooth to say, ambition, in the breast
          Of youthful heroes, is no sullen fire,
          But one that leaps to meet the fanning breeze.


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