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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART III.

IV. LATITUDINARIANISM

          YET Truth is keenly sought for, and the wind
          Charged with rich words poured out in thought's defence;
          Whether the Church inspire that eloquence,
          Or a Platonic Piety confined
          To the sole temple of the inward mind;
          And One there is who builds immortal lays,
          Though doomed to tread in solitary ways,
          Darkness before and danger's voice behind;
          Yet not alone, nor helpless to repel
          Sad thoughts; for from above the starry sphere              10
          Come secrets, whispered nightly to his ear;
          And the pure spirit of celestial light
          Shines through his soul--"that he may see and tell
          Of things invisible to mortal sight."


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