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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART III.

XIII. ASPECTS OF CHRISTIANITY IN AMERICA

I. THE PILGRIM FATHERS

          WELL worthy to be magnified are they
          Who, with sad hearts, of friends and country took
          A last farewell, their loved abodes forsook,
          And hallowed ground in which their fathers lay;
          Then to the new-found World explored their way,
          That so a Church, unforced, uncalled to brook
          Ritual restraints, within some sheltering nook
          Her Lord might worship and his word obey
          In freedom. Men they were who could not bend;
          Blest Pilgrims, surely, as they took for guide              10
          A will by sovereign Conscience sanctified;
          Blest while their Spirits from the woods ascend
          Along a Galaxy that knows no end,
          But in His glory who for Sinners died.


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