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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART II.

XIX. ABUSE OF MONASTIC POWER

          AND what is Penance with her knotted thong;
          Mortification with the shirt of hair,
          Wan cheek, and knees indurated with prayer,
          Vigils, and fastings rigorous as long;
          If cloistered Avarice scruple not to wrong
          The pious, humble, useful Secular,
          And rob the people of his daily care,
          Scorning that world whose blindness makes her strong?
          Inversion strange! that, unto One who lives
          For self, and struggles with himself alone,                 10
          The amplest share of heavenly favour gives;
          That to a Monk allots, both in the esteem
          Of God and man, place higher than to him
          Who on the good of others builds his own!


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