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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART III.

VI. CLERICAL INTEGRITY

          NOR shall the eternal roll of praise reject
          Those Unconforming; whom one rigorous day
          Drives from their Cures, a voluntary prey
          To poverty, and grief, and disrespect.
          And some to want--as if by tempests wrecked
          On a wild coast how destitute! did They
          Feel not that Conscience never can betray,
          That peace of mind is Virtue's sure effect.
          Their altars they forego, their homes they quit,
          Fields which they love, and paths they daily trod,          10
          And cast the future upon Providence;
          As men the dictate of whose inward sense
          Outweighs the world; whom self-deceiving wit
          Lures not from what they deem the cause of God.


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