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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART II.

XLIV. TROUBLES OF CHARLES THE FIRST

          EVEN such the contrast that, where'er we move,
          To the mind's eye Religion doth present;
          Now with her own deep quietness content;
          Then, like the mountain, thundering from above
          Against the ancient pine-trees of the grove
          And the Land's humblest comforts. Now her mood
          Recalls the transformation of the flood,
          Whose rage the gentle skies in vain reprove;
          Earth cannot check. O terrible excess
          Of headstrong will! Can this be Piety?                      10
          No--some fierce Maniac hath usurped her name;
          And scourges England struggling to be free:
          Her peace destroyed! her hopes a wilderness!
          Her blessings cursed--her glory turned to shame!


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