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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART III.

II. PATRIOTIC SYMPATHIES

          LAST night, without a voice, that Vision spake
          Fear to my Soul, and sadness which might seem
          Wholly dissevered from our present theme;
          Yet, my beloved Country! I partake
          Of kindred agitations for thy sake;
          Thou, too, dost visit oft my midnight dream;
          Thy glory meets me with the earliest beam
          Of light, which tells that Morning is awake.
          If aught impair thy beauty or destroy,
          Or but forebode destruction, I deplore                      10
          With filial love the sad vicissitude;
          If thou hast fallen, and righteous Heaven restore
          The prostrate, then my spring-time is renewed,
          And sorrow bartered for exceeding joy.


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