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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART II.

XX. MONASTIC VOLUPTUOUSNESS

          YET more,--round many a Convent's blazing fire
          Unhallowed threads of revelry are spun;
          There Venus sits disguised like a Nun,--
          While Bacchus, clothed in semblance of a Friar,
          Pours out his choicest beverage high and higher
          Sparkling, until it cannot choose but run
          Over the bowl, whose silver lip hath won
          An instant kiss of masterful desire--
          To stay the precious waste. Through every brain
          The domination of the sprightly juice                       10
          Spreads high conceits to madding Fancy dear,
          Till the arched roof, with resolute abuse
          Of its grave echoes, swells a choral strain,
          Whose votive burthen is--"OUR KINGDOM'S HERE!"


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