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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART II.

XXXVIII. ELIZABETH

          HAIL, Virgin Queen! o'er many an envious bar
          Triumphant, snatched from many a treacherous wile!
          All hail, sage Lady, whom a grateful Isle
          Hath blest, respiring from that dismal war
          Stilled by thy voice! But quickly from afar
          Defiance breathes with more malignant aim;
          And alien storms with home-bred ferments claim
          Portentous fellowship. Her silver car,
          By sleepless prudence ruled, glides slowly on;
          Unhurt by violence, from menaced taint                      10
          Emerging pure, and seemingly more bright:
          Ah! wherefore yields it to a foul constraint
          Black as the clouds its beams dispersed, while shone,
          By men and angels blest, the glorious light?


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