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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART II.

XXV. THE VIRGIN

          MOTHER! whose virgin bosom was uncrost
          With the least shade of thought to sin allied;
          Woman! above all women glorified,
          Our tainted nature's solitary boast;
          Purer than foam on central ocean tost;
          Brighter than eastern skies at daybreak strewn
          With fancied roses, than the unblemished moon
          Before her wane begins on heaven's blue coast;
          Thy Image falls to earth. Yet some, I ween,
          Not unforgiven the suppliant knee might bend,               10
          As to a visible Power, in which did blend
          All that was mixed and reconciled in Thee
          Of mother's love with maiden purity,
          Of high with low, celestial with terrene!


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