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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART II.

XLVI. AFFLICTIONS OF ENGLAND

          HARP! could'st thou venture, on thy boldest string,
          The faintest note to echo which the blast
          Caught from the hand of Moses as it passed
          O'er Sinai's top, or from the Shepherd-king,
          Early awake, by Siloa's brook, to sing
          Of dread Jehovah; then, should wood and waste
          Hear also of that name, and mercy cast
          Off to the mountains, like a covering
          Of which the Lord was weary. Weep, oh! weep,
          Weep with the good, beholding King and Priest               10
          Despised by that stern God to whom they raise
          Their suppliant hands; but holy is the feast
          He keepeth; like the firmament his ways:
          His statutes like the chambers of the deep.


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