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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART II.

XXIX. TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE

          BUT, to outweigh all harm, the sacred Book,
          In dusty sequestration wrapt too long,
          Assumes the accents of our native tongue;
          And he who guides the plough, or wields the crook,
          With understanding spirit now may look
          Upon her records, listen to her song,
          And sift her laws--much wondering that the wrong,
          Which Faith has suffered, Heaven could calmly brook.
          Transcendent boon! noblest that earthly King
          Ever bestowed to equalize and bless                         10
          Under the weight of mortal wretchedness!
          But passions spread like plagues, and thousands wild
          With bigotry shall tread the Offering
          Beneath their feet, detested and defiled.


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