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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART II.

XXIV. SAINTS

          YE, too, must fly before a chasing hand,
          Angels and Saints, in every hamlet mourned!
          Ah! if the old idolatry be spurned,
          Let not your radiant Shapes desert the Land:
          Her adoration was not your demand,
          The fond heart proffered it--the servile heart;
          And therefore are ye summoned to depart,
          Michael, and thou, St. George, whose flaming brand
          The Dragon quelled; and valiant Margaret
          Whose rival sword a like Opponent slew:                     10
          And rapt Cecilia seraph-haunted Queen
          Of harmony; and weeping Magdalene,
          Who in the penitential desert met
          Gales sweet as those that over Eden blew!


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