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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART II.

XXX. THE POINT AT ISSUE

          FOR what contend the wise?--for nothing less
          Than that the Soul, freed from the bonds of Sense,
          And to her God restored by evidence
          Of things not seen, drawn forth from their recess,
          Root there, and not in forms, her holiness;--
          For Faith, which to the Patriarchs did dispense
          Sure guidance, ere a ceremonial fence
          Was needful round men thirsting to transgress;--
          For Faith, more perfect still, with which the Lord
          Of all, himself a Spirit, in the youth                      10
          Of Christian aspiration, deigned to fill
          The temples of their hearts who, with his word
          Informed, were resolute to do his will,
          And worship him in spirit and in truth.


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