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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART II.

XXXI. EDWARD VI

          "SWEET is the holiness of Youth"--so felt
          Time-honoured Chaucer speaking through that Lay
          By which the Prioress beguiled the way,
          And many a Pilgrim's rugged heart did melt.
          Hadst thou, loved Bard! whose spirit often dwelt
          In the clear land of vision, but foreseen
          King, child, and seraph, blended in the mien
          Of pious Edward kneeling as he knelt
          In meek and simple infancy, what joy
          For universal Christendom had thrilled                      10
          Thy heart! what hopes inspired thy genius, skilled
          (O great Precursor, genuine morning Star)
          The lucid shafts of reason to employ,
          Piercing the Papal darkness from afar!


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