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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART II.

XXXVII. ENGLISH REFORMERS IN EXILE

          SCATTERING, like birds escaped the fowler's net,
          Some seek with timely flight a foreign strand;
          Most happy, re-assembled in a land
          By dauntless Luther freed, could they forget
          Their Country's woes. But scarcely have they met,
          Partners in faith, and brothers in distress,
          Free to pour forth their common thankfulness,
          Ere hope declines:--their union is beset
          With speculative notions rashly sown,
          Whence thickly-sprouting growth of poisonous weeds;         10
          Their forms are broken staves; their passions, steeds
          That master them. How enviably blest
          Is he who can, by help of grace, enthrone
          The peace of God within his single breast!


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