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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART II.

XLII. GUNPOWDER PLOT

          FEAR hath a hundred eyes that all agree
          To plague her beating heart; and there is one
          (Nor idlest that!) which holds communion
          With things that were not, yet were 'meant' to be.
          Aghast within its gloomy cavity
          That eye (which sees as if fulfilled and done
          Crimes that might stop the motion of the sun)
          Beholds the horrible catastrophe
          Of an assembled Senate unredeemed
          From subterraneous Treason's darkling power:                10
          Merciless act of sorrow infinite!
          Worse than the product of that dismal night,
          When gushing, copious as a thunder-shower,
          The blood of Huguenots through Paris streamed.


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