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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART II.

XVIII. CORRUPTIONS OF THE HIGHER CLERGY

          "WOE to you, Prelates! rioting in ease
          "And cumbrous wealth--the shame of your estate;
          "You, on whose progress dazzling trains await
          "Of pompous horses; whom vain titles please;
          "Who will be served by others on their knees,
          "Yet will yourselves to God no service pay;
          "Pastors who neither take nor point the way
          "To Heaven; for, either lost in vanities
          "Ye have no skill to teach, or if ye know
          "And speak the word----" Alas! of fearful things            10
          'Tis the most fearful when the people's eye
          Abuse hath cleared from vain imaginings;
          And taught the general voice to prophesy
          Of Justice armed, and Pride to be laid low.


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